We've been running all over St. Louis and surrounds for several days now, but had ignored cool stuff right near where we were staying, such as the Jefferson Barracks, The Jefferson Barracks Civil War Museum, and last, but not least......the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum! All of this was less than 4 miles from us, so we set off in the VW to explore a little history about 11 am.
The history of Jefferson Barracks dates back to 1826. It was, of course, named for Thomas Jefferson, and is the oldest operating military installation west of the Mississippi.........barely west of the Mississippi sitting right on the western banks of same. During the Civil War it served as a large military hospital treating wounded from both the north and south. Over the course of the war they treated over 26,000 wounded soldiers. Many were brought from battlefields up the Mississippi on hospital ships. Today it houses the Missouri National Guard.