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Grahams Western Riders in front of the St. Louis Arena.

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Identifier: N36248

Title: Grahams Western Riders in front of the St. Louis Arena.


Grahams Western Riders in front of the St. Louis Arena. The photo was taken for a holiday greeting, which reads, "Seasons Greetings - Grahams Western Riders." Two large towers adorn the Arena. A sign advertises upcoming events, including the National Dairy Expo.

The Arena opened in 1929, just before the Great Depression. The Depression immediately jeopardized the building's success, a pattern that would continue for much of its history. Despite its financial woes, the Arena hosted a wide variety of events over the years, including: hockey games, soccer games, basketball games, auto races, motorbike races, tennis matches, rodeos, circuses, figure skating exhibitions, rock concerts, and conventions. It was larger than New York's Madison Square Garden and could seat up to 20,000 people. The Arena was the home of the St. Louis Blues National Hockey League team until 1993, when the team moved to the newly constructed Kiel Center in downtown St. Louis. Thousands of St. Louisans gathered to watch as the Arena was imploded in 1999.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1931

Type(s): Photograph

Maker/Creator: Taylor Photographers

Subjects: Taylor Photographers
black and white
Oakland Avenue
St. Louis Arena
Public buildings
cowboy hat
horse trailer
American flags
horse show
poultry expo
dairy expo
Public architecture
Parades and Pageants


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