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Old Courthouse, Saint Louis

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Visit one of the city's most famous landmarks at Old Courthouse, the site of the beginnings of the famous Dred Scott court case. Completed in 1864, the 59 m (192 ft) tall building has long been an integral part of the local skyline. Join a guided tour of the domed building to learn more about its historical significance, including the 1846 case in which the escaped slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom, a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the Civil War. View the impressive interior of the courthouse, including the dome's decorative ceiling and several restored courtrooms dating to the early 20th century. Keep in mind that you must organize tours in advance by phone with the park rangers. To visit Old Courthouse and get the most from your holiday in Saint Louis, create itinerary details personal to you using our Saint Louis online trip itinerary maker.
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  • The Old Courthouse is considered to be one of the oldest historic buildings in downtown St. Louis. The building of the Old Courthouse had gone through initial design and construction (circa 1816... 
    The Old Courthouse is considered to be one of the oldest historic buildings in downtown St. Louis. The building of the Old Courthouse had gone through initial design and construction (circa 1816...  more »
  • It is closed for renovation so when finished would be good place to visit. Nice parks around it. Took photos of the grounds 
    It is closed for renovation so when finished would be good place to visit. Nice parks around it. Took photos of the grounds  more »
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  • This is the old and picturesque building with some history behind it and it stands in a very beautiful place.
  • Beautiful to see! Unfortunately it wasn’t open for us to tour due to renovations! Still was nice to snap pics of and see in person!

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