When St. Louis' Union Station opened in 1894, it was the world’s largest train depot, and, at its peak in the 1940s, serviced 100,000 people a day.
Union Station was restored in the 1980s as a hotel, shopping and entertainment center, wedding and meeting venue, restaurant complex, and home to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel.
Grand Hall, with its Art-Deco, barrel-vaulted ceiling, mosaics, gold leaf ornamentation, detailed moulding, and Tiffany stained-glass windows, was the former train lobby and is now the hotel’s lobby and the location of one of its restaurants.
The famous photo of President Harry Truman holding a newspaper with the erroneous title, Dewey Defeats Truman, was shot at Union Station.
Today, Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, next to Union Station, is home to St. Louis’ rail system, the regional MetroBus, Greyhound, Amtrak, taxis, and ridesharing.