St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau as a fur trading post for the New Orleans company of Maxent and Laclede. For 40 years the citizens of St. Louis were able to preserve their French culture and expand their commerce in multicultural harmony. Join us in remembering The French City which was located on the grounds of what is now the Gateway Arch and has been lost and largely forgotten.