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Sarah Crowder

If you’re of a certain age, you will most certainly remember going on a date or taking the family to Union Station. You might even have been fortunate enough to experience this local landmark the way it was meant to be: departing or arriving by train from one of America’s grandest terminals. In its 1940s heyday, Union Station welcomed more than 100,000 passengers a day.

“It was the center of the United States. Everyone who went from the East Coast to the West Coast passed through St. Louis—the history is just incredible,” Bob O’Loughlin of Lodging Hospitality Management tells me. His team is finalizing renovations to the National Historic Landmark with a plan to once again bring Union Station to life. “It’s such an iconic place that it’s something I really wanted to do for the people of St. Louis.”

And you can bet trains will be part of the picture: O’Loughlin’s vision comes complete with a planned attraction in the Grand Hall that catapults Union Station into the 21st century, making new memories for today’s families. Our feature begins on p. 71.