The Indus, the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yangtze…
Any glance into early human civilizations very quickly reveals a singular natural force: a River.
The Mississippi -- from the Ojibwa mshi-, meaning “big,” and ziibi, meaning “waters” -- is this continent's central river corridor. The history of indigenous peoples in this area spans thousands of years, with the earliest evidence dating back as early as 12,000 BC. Over time, the development of agriculture, technology, trade, and population growth, along with changes in climate, led to the establishment of the largest urban settlement of the Mississippian cultures, Cahokia. Beginning in the 1600s, European colonization brought drastic changes to the region and its inhabitants. False treaties, forced relocation, genocidal violence, and the institution of slavery secured white domination in Missouri, the effects of which are still felt today.
The city of St. Louis, founded in 1764 bears this history. Yet the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers has flowed through millennia, providing a physical place to reflect about convergence in other aspects of our world.
1400 N. 1st St, St. Louis, MO 63102
check in at the Welcome Station!
there is NO VENDING permitted on site
picnicking and coolers are welcome
bicycles are encouraged
there is public parking surrounding the area
leave no trace!