The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. And after the Louisiana Purchase, it became a major port on the Mississippi River. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods and tourism. St. Louis also boasts three professional sports teams: The St. Louis Cardinals(baseball), The St. Louis Blues(hockey) and the St. Louis Rams(football). But the city is most recognized for the Gateway Arch, which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis. I recently spent a couple of days in "The Lou", and found it to be very rich in history. I found the people to be very friendly as well, at least the few encounters I had. The major highlights for me was seeing the Eads Bridge, the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge, the Old Cathedral, the Hall of Fame player statues in front of Busch Stadium and various memorial fountains throughout downtown. My favorite one was "The Meeting of the Waters" fountain, in which the figures celebrate the meeting of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. I also saw the future home of the Blues Museum, opening in 2013.