A Trip Through Meramec Highlands
As you drive toward Interstate 270 on Big Bend Road, you will enter the 500-acre Meramec Highlands tract of land, formerly an exclusive 1890's summer resort and health spa. Turn south onto picturesque Ponca Trail and you can find charming stone and wood-frame guest cottages built near the now-absent Meramec Highlands Inn. Turn right onto Barberry Lane and you'll see the resort's stone train station, "sold" to the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in 1891 for $1 including rail service. West of the station, remains the 1883 railroad tunnel. In 1894 the resort's dance hall, named the Pagoda, was built on Sunset Hill over the tunnel. An observation deck atop the Pagoda provided visitors with a scenic view of the Meramec River Valley. Up the street from the station, you can find the resort's general store where "Pretty Boy" Floyd hid out in 1925 during the resort's seedy honky-tonk days.