A Circa Guide to Clayton-Tamm

The Clayton-Tamm neighborhood is one of three (with Franz Park and the Hi-Point) which make up the widely renowned Irish section of St. Louis called "Dogtown". While there are a number of theories as to why this neighborhood is known as Dogtown, the most credible account describes a group of coal miners working in what is today Forest Park. When the city acquired the land to build the park in 1876, these people found sparsely populated areas south of the new park and built shacks to live in as they found new work. In order to secure their ramshackle homes, many of the squatters used watchdogs, which would defend their territory.

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Dogtown is home to the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is the more authentic of the two St. Louis parades for this holiday. On March 17th, thousands gather to watch the Ancient Order of Hibernians' parade, which runs down Tamm Avenue and features many local Irish Schools of Dance.

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What's Nearby?
  • Forest Park

    Forest Park could be called the heart of St. Louis. The 1,300 acre park is home to the city's top cultural institutions and plays host to many of the region's favorite events and pastimes.
  • Pat's Bar and Grill

    A touch of Ireland in the heart of Dogtown. "A place of fine spirits, and good food and Drink"
  • Turtle Park

    Turtle Park is an exciting playground with giant cement animals for children to climb on and around. Right across from the St. Louis Zoo!
  • Seamus McDaniel's

    The menu has a lot of variety and should include something for everyone. The hamburgers are literally as big as your head and the "dunk the veggie" appetizer is great.
  • St. Louis Zoo

    We provide our guests with exciting, enriching and welcoming experiences that make the Zoo a fun place to visit again and again.
  • Tamm Avenue Grill

    Located in the heart of the historic Dogtown district, our neighborhood “gastro sports pub” is one of the best kept secrets in the St. Louis area!
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