The St. Louis Walk of Fame commemorates and honors individuals with a St. Louis connection who have made major contributions to the culture of the United States. Some of the individuals featured on the walk were indeed born and raised in St. Louis, but for many others the city was either a fruitful working time, a performing venue for a major work, or a place of inspiration.
The Walk is the work of developer Joe Edwards. He started the Walk in 1989 along the area that is known as the University Loop. Uniquely for a star project, the commemoration does not just feature a name and a star. The commemoration also comes with a brass plaque embedded along with the star that explains the nature of the achievement that earned the recipient the star.
To get the Walk started, the early years honored 10 annual selections in a May ceremony. Recent years have seen that number fall to 2 or 3 honorees each year, with the ceremony held whenever the honoree can make it to St. Louis. More than 120 names are currently featured as part of the Walk.
Due to the fact that the St. Louis Walk of Fame has a strong educational component in the plaques, doing the walk has become a popular activity with school groups, tourists, and locals with visiting relatives. The connections of each nominee are typically discussed in depth along with the nature of the achievement, and the speculation for who will be added each year swirls in the city's coffee shops for months ahead of the announcement.
Doing the walk is free and guides are readily available on the internet and through shops located along the walk. Expect to need comfortable shoes, as the walk does get long for those who are not used to extended jaunts. Even though it is tiring, young children do seem to greatly enjoy the walk, so it can really be a whole family activity.
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