When St. Louis' Union Station opened to the
public in 1894, nearly 10,000 people gathered to celebrate. What they saw rivaled famed stations in the
East. It sported barrel-vaulted ceiling,
sweeping archways, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. Modeled after the walled city of Carcassone,
France, Union Station was one of the busiest in the world during its heyday. Follow the history of this great
architectural triumph from its original glory days through its demise and
rebirth. The glory days of rail
transportation come to life in more than 200 historic images, from steam
engines hissing into the 11-acre train shed, to the perky smiles of the
renowned "Harvey Girls." Union
Station is also seen here as tens of thousands of passengers a day dwindled to
mere hundreds. As the automobile and
airplane gained momentum in the 1950s and 60s, railroading lost popularity and
St. Louis' Union Station fell into disrepair and eventually closed. Now restored to its original splendor, Union
Station is again a bustling center of activity.
Seasoned St. Louis historians and scholars
Richard Deposki and Albert Montesi add this historic tribute to their
collection of other St. Louis area titles.
Be aware that the accuracy of some of Arcadia’s home-spun histories is sometimes questionable. Hence, your NYCSHS directors would be interested in reviews by knowledgeable members.
Published by Arcadia Publishing, this softcover retails for $22, with NYCSHS members paying only $17.60. Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.