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History

Tower Grove Park was first authorized by a state law passed on March 9, 1867, and came into existence on October 20, 1868, when Henry Shaw conveyed his lands to the City of St. Louis, by deed of gift.

 

In 1866, the year after the end of the Civil War, Henry Shaw, a retired St. Louis merchant, approached St. Louis mayor James S. Thomas with a proposition...

 

Learn more about the Ruins and Fountain Pond

 

The comfort of visitors to Tower Grove Park required that structures be provided from whose shade they might admire the views provided for their enjoyment.

 

In some important particulars connected with its origin and history, Tower Grove Park is different from the other pleasure grounds of the City of St. Louis...

 

Do you have a personal favorite? Want to just find out about their history? Select from the links below to discover the history behind the beautiful entrances into Tower Grove Park.

 

Tower Grove Park has, from its inception, been known as a natural refuge for birds of many different species especially during the spring and fall migrating seasons. The Park's life list is now well over 200, and serious birders from all over the metro area, and beyond, visit the Park regularly during those seasons.

 

Learn more about the Buildings of Tower Grove Park

 

Learn more about the statues of Tower Grove Park