Train Coming, Underground

A train bound for the Airport lights up this scene as it approaches 8th & Pine.  The heart of modern-day downtown St. Louis is up above.  The subway is a bit under one mile long, and uses tunnels dating back to the mid-1870s, built in connection with the Eads Bridge railroad project.

At the time of the last census estimate, metropolitan St. Louis was the eighteenth largest in the nation with over 2,800,000 people, and was experiencing modest growth.  The situation for the city itself was dramatically different.  The population in the year 2000 was substantially less than it was a century before, when it was the country's fourth largest city.

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