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New Development in McRee Town

I clearly had not been paying attention to what has been happening in McRee Town, which has been experiencing a huge amount of development over the last twenty years. For example, the old synagogue above, which was only active for a short amount of time as the Southside Hebrew Congregation from 1928 to 1944, is back open as a Jewish community center.

Also, the first building in the massive, and I mean massive old Liggett-Myers tobacco factory complex is under renovation for what is apparently an expansion or new location for City Garden Montessori, which is already in McRee Town down the street.

Sanborn Maps had already alerted me to the fact that there had once been more buildings lining Folsom Street, but it is interesting to see how construction excavations have revealed old foundations to the east.

The main body of the factory is still awaiting development, however.

By the way, the factory was damaged by the infamous 1896 tornado.

Tornado, 1896: Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Factory. Photograph, 1896. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Disasters Collection. n20375.

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