Scenes From St. Louis: HuffPost's Listen to America Tour Kicks Off In Missouri

Jenna Amatulli
HuffPost

HuffPost is driving across the country for our Listen to America road trip. We’ll be visiting 25 cities along the way.

We were in St. Louis earlier this week for the first stop on the “Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip” route. In addition to eating our respective body weights in barbecue, we talked to dozens of people about what it is they love about St. Louis and what makes the city so rich in culture.

As the bus continues its trek onward, we wanted to share with you a snippet of what our time in St. Louis looked like.

Check out if we’re coming to your town here.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The HuffPost bus can be seen with the Gateway Arch in the background in Illinois on Sept. 11 as "Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip" kicks off. The bus will visit more than 20 cities on our tour across the country.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost and Peak XV Global Events complete preparations for the bus tour.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost staff in front of a mural at The Grove business district.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

A nighttime walk down a St. Louis street.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost staff play pool at the HandleBar in St. Louis.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Reporter Jenna Amatulli rides a bike sculpture in front of the HandleBar.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Signs for The Grove business district cast a glow on St. Louis streets.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The iconic Gateway Arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The pods inside the Gateway Arch empty before another run to the top.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Jolie Doggett sits in a pod headed to the top of the arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Tourists look out the windows at the top of the Gateway Arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

A view of the city from the top of the arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The Mississippi River and Illinois can be seen from the top of the arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Harry Weber's statue of rock legend Chuck Berry, a St. Louis native, is in Delmar Loop across from Blueberry Hill.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The HuffPost tour bus.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen with her wife, Candy Feit, left, and strategy director Hillary Frey talk before the "Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip" kickoff event.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen speaks to the crowd at the St. Louis stop.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Rev. Starsky Wilson speaks with artist Robert Powell.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The HuffPost tour bus stops at Kiener Plaza Park near the Gateway Arch.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen is interviewed.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Artist and educator Robert Powell, left, talks with Chris King, editorial director of the St. Louis American.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Dr. Donald Suggs, owner of the St. Louis American, speaks at the kickoff event.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The tour bus.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Producer Will Tooke prepares to conduct an interview on the bus with David Wraith of Sex Positive St. Louis.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The HuffPost bus at The Loop.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Reporter Jenna Amatulli uses the microphone to speak to passersby.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Hip-hop artist Quizzy James and Lena Anderson check out a post card.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Reporter Jenna Amatulli, left and "Noskov at Night" radio host Vladimir Noskov listen to Jeremiah Long.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The HuffPost Tour bus outside The Royale restaurant and bar in South City St. Louis.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

At The Royale before the "Three Years After Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis" event.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

St. Louis American Editorial Director Chris King speaks to police Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand, left, lawyer Blake Strode, organizer and activist Kayla Reed, Alderwoman Megan E. Green and Rev. Starsky Wilson.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The audience at the "Three Years After Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis" event.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

St. Louis organizer and activist Kayla Reed talks about the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Lawyer Blake Strode on the panel about Ferguson's after-effects.

 (Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)
(Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and former leader of the Ferguson Commission.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

What to Read Next