Welcome to St. Louis Walking Tours

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Welcome to St. Louis, one of the friendliest and most beautiful cities in the U.S.!

I’m Maureen Kavanaugh, your guide to the rich, dramatic history of St. Louis reflected in the city’s architecture, skyline and public art.

St. Louis is baseball and Bratwurst, Toasted Ravioli and the Blues. It’s home to the oldest, successful steel-frame skyscraper in the world and the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The Revolutionary War on the western front ended in St. Louis and Charles Lindbergh’s dreams of transatlantic flight took wings. Sam Clemens set type here before apprenticing himself to a steamboat captain and going to work on the Mississippi River. He also found a pen name, Mark Twain, by which he would become famous throughout the world. St. Louis was the setting for Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”

But hundreds of years before the French Creole Village of Saint Louis grew into the commercial lion of the Mississippi River Valley this great riverside prairie formed the western fringe of the largest tribal capital in North America.

Whether you are in St. Louis for the week or just an afternoon I invite you to walk the city streets with me and experience first-hand the visionary spirit which has made St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.

Owner and sole-proprietor of St. Louis Walking Tours, I have researched and constructed all of the tours that I provide. I offer a variety of Historic Downtown Walking Tours and numerous Narrated Coach Tours of the Greater St. Louis Area, devoted to specific areas of St. Louis history or themes – including: French &  Spanish Colonial Saint Louis, Lewis & Clark In-and-Around St. Louis, Civil War St. Louis, the Great Cyclone of 1896, Downtown Renaissance, Haunting St. Louis and Great Tastes of St. Louis.

Walking Tours are available for from one to thirty people, March though December, weather permitting. These include tours customized for private groups, public sign-up tours and school field trip tours.

Join me and see St. Louis as you never have before!

Photo Credit: Special thanks to Laurie Kohler of DeSmet High School, St. Louis for her kind permission to use the photograph that she took of me with her students in front of Leo Lentilli’s Beaux Arts figures on the American Theater Building that you see on my Home Page in the Student and School Groups Section!

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