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Aloe Plaza
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Aloe Plaza across Market from Union Station
Type Urban park
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Area 3.35 acres (1.36 ha)
Created 1931
Operated by St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry

Aloe Plaza is part of the Terminus section of the St. Louis Gateway Mall. It is two blocks in size and sits directly in front of Union Station. It is bounded by Market, Chestnut, 18th, and 20th streets.

The plaza was envisioned by Louis P. Aloe and made reality by his wife Edith Aloe in 1940.

Amidst all the projects and causes to which he was dedicated, their grandson Kenneth Aloe Marshall, held great personal devotion to the maintenance and improvement of the Aloe Plaza in downtown St. Louis throughout his lifetime.

The plaza is dominated by the Carl Milles fountain The Meeting of the Waters. The fountain represents the coming together of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers alongside 17 mythical creatures standing for tributaries. In Ken’s life, the fountain also came to represent a convergence of his greatest passions - history, art, engineering, St Louis, and family.

Source: The family in a September 2017 obituary for Kenneth Aloe Marshall at

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