‘A seething throng’ in downtown St. Louis

A facsimile of the Chouteau Mansion was included in the replicas of old St. Louis streets on display on 12th Street (now Tucker Boulevard) in downtown St. Louis to celebrate the Missouri Centennial. Enthusiastic crowds – “a seething throng” is how the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described them – created such a jam on the night of Oct. 5, 1921, the “spectacle had to be postponed.” (Note the advertisement for the St. Louis Times, which, at the time, billed itself as “the only evening Republican paper in a city having the largest Republican majority in the United States.”) – Post-Dispatch photo by A.W. Sanders