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A look at the campaign to save the 'crown jewels' of St. Louis

How did a midsize Midwestern city become home to world-renowned institutions like the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum? It’s largely thanks to a 1971 vote.

Dori Olmos, Sam Clancy

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Published: 3:19 PM CDT April 26, 2022
Updated: 3:39 PM CDT April 26, 2022

St. Louisans take a lot of pride in their cultural institutions. Just last week, Forest Park was named the best city park in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

We have museums and cultural centers that rival bigger cities, and on top of that, these St. Louis attractions are free to enjoy.

So, how did a midsize Midwestern city become home to world-renowned institutions, like the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum? It’s largely thanks to a vote 50 years ago.