Forest Park gears up for St. Louis’ 250th birthday

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(KPLR) - Despite the cold weather, Forest Park is heating up for Valentine's Day.   And it's a love affair 250 years in the making!

The courtship began on this day, February 14, 1764 when a teenage heartthrob Auguste Chouteau landed on the banks of the Mississippi to begin construction on a fur trading post in honor to King Louis IX.

He's the guy riding the horse atop Forest Park's Art Hill.

And there's lots going on at Forest Park this weekend. The new History Museum exhibit opens Friday celebrating 250 people, places, images, and moments.

There will be fireworks, fire dancers and the world’s largest engagement party, all to celebrate this river town named after a French king.

Visit STL250 for more details.