About the Fee Fee Greenway from the Great Rivers Greenway Team
(Full Fee Fee Greenway details can be found on GRG’s site HERE)
The Fee Fee Greenway parallels Fee Fee Creek, within the Missouri River watershed. It is a suburban greenway that extends from the Maryland Heights Recreation Complex at Aquaport to Creve Coeur Park. There is a shady, paved trail that extends nearly 3 miles from the Maryland Heights Community Center into McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. You can enjoy views of Fee Fee Creek as you run, walk or ride a bike. This is a quiet and peaceful trail – perfect for a dog walk! You can also take it all the way to the Katy Trail and St. Charles Heritage Museum via the Creve Coeur Connector.
About the area surrounding the Fee Fee Greenway and Creve Coeur Park
(from the St. Louis County Parks website)
Creve Coeur Lake formed several thousand years ago when a meander loop of the Missouri River was cut off. The original lake varied in depth from 10 to 30 feet and covered over 400 acres. Until the mid-20th century a smaller lake was located to the west of the big lake. It was called the Upper or Little Creve Coeur Lake. It gradually disappeared due to siltation.
Creve Coeur Lake became the site of a large resort and vacation area. The lake was approximately two and a half miles long and one mile wide during this period, which made it a big attraction. In 1881, the Missouri Pacific Railroad built a spur line to the lake from Laclede Station. The Spectator of June 18, 1886 announced the completion of a rival line by the St. Louis, Kansas City and Colorado (the Katy). Jacob Studt, a local farmer and general store owner, built the first of several hotels, dance pavilions, and boathouses on the Upper Lake. In 1899, the United Railway Company, which later became Bi-State Development Agency, constructed a line from Delmar Gardens, at Delmar & Kingsland, to the park. The brick building centrally located in the park was originally a booster station for the city electricity that powered the streetcars. The brick building was also the location of the “loop,” where the streetcars turned around to return to the city.
Eventually a “scenic railway” cable car was built from the brick building area to the lakefront. This railway operated on a gravity principle downhill, and was pulled to the top by a large cable. After the 1904 World’s Fair, a 255-foot observation tower was moved from Forest Park to Creve Coeur. This tower was placed north of the brick building overlooking the lake but has since been removed. Around the 1920’s the area began to decline in popularity as gangsters and hoodlums began to frequent the saloons, restaurants and nightclubs located at the lakefront. By the end of Prohibition, Creve Coeur was almost exclusively a gangster hideout.
Four hundred (400) acres of land was donated to St. Louis County on June 3, 1945, and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park became the first County Park.
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