Chouteau's Pond, ca. 1860s
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This isn't the usual fare; instead, I created a Google Earth overlay (available here) to demonstrate the extent of Chouteau's Pond and Mill Creek during the 1850s. Chouteau's Pond was a distinct feature of St. Louis until it was gradually filled in with garbage and dirt during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By the early 1880s, virtually nothing was left of the pond.