A Circa Guide to Dogtown


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.
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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  • 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.
  • Felix's Restauraunt

    A neighborhood corner bar "where everyone knows your name".Felix's Restaurant wears many hats. It's a restaurant serving fairly high-end bar food, it's a hopping bar with weekly entertainment events.
  • Science Center

    The St. Louis Science Center uses videos, computers and learning exercises to teach visitors about the wonders of science.
  • 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

    Enjoy an adventure every time you visit, knowing a discovery will be made around each corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away destination that brings together more than 19,000 wild animals and 3,000,000 visitors each year.
  • Colombo's Cafe & Tavern

    Colombo’s is open Late Night and is one of the Saint Louis area’s prime late night bar locations.
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