A Forgotten Monument / by Matthew Sims

First off, we want to thank everyone for listening to our most recent episode, STL Stop.  Also, if you haven't a chance to do so, you should go listen to our interview on the Conversations with Calcaterra podcast.  (Follow this link to the interview!)

Spring has sprung...allegedly.  You'd have a hard time knowing that given that it hasn't gotten above 55 degrees in several days.  But once the weather breaks, we'll all be tempted to head outdoors.  Forest Park will be one of the first places many of us head towards, and for good reason.  Lush green landscape, plenty of shady places to rest, and so much history!

But not many people are likely to say "I should go spend some time at the Friedrich Jahn Memorial!" 

But I think you should go check it out.   This monument sits below Art Hill, across the street from the St. Louis Zoo. It's should be hard to miss: 41 feet long, covered in black granite and bronze.  The bearded fellow in the center is Jahn himself.  Born in August of 1778, Friedrich Jahn is considered by many to be a founder of Gymnastics in Germany.  The monument has undergone multiple restorations over the last 40 years (most recently in 2014) and sits as seemingly overlooked monument in the city.  To be fair, it has heavy competition.  There are more than 20 monuments in Forest Park alone, not to mention Art Museum itself.

So once it's a little less damp out, do yourself a favor?  Go for a walk.  If you are curious, go take a look at Forest Park Statues & Monuments and maybe make an afternoon of seeing your new favorite pieces of public art.

- Lucas

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