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  1. When driving in on Big Bend from the boonies of Kirkwood to visit Grandparents in Maplewood and Richmond Heights in the '40s, we had asked Dad at one time what those two structures were – his reply was that they were built over two natural gas wells and stored it. When they were "down," his answer was that Laclede Gas did not pay its bills so it ran out of gas.Of course, I kept up this tradition by repeating it to my kids many years later…Incidentally, these two gasometers are still visible in all their glory on Bing Birdseye!

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