Self-guided walking tours have had its share of challenges. Maps are often vague. Information on roadside markers (due to lack of space) seldom shares more than a site’s ID. It was a dilemma Randy Tankersley corrected for downtown St. Louis with the creation STL Lost & Found, a digital audio walking tour that takes visitors beyond the old faded red line walking tour.
"This is a great introductory tour of historic downtown St. Louis," said Tankersley. "I want visitors to really feel the past come to life through our tour's storytellers and hear historic moments as if they were standing next to Mark Twain, Stan Musial and others from our past."
Designed as a keepsake STL Lost & Found audio tour is divided into story segments. Each are voiced by actors and underscored with music while presenting listeners with historic accounts of events or while introducing selected St. Louis attractions. A big bonus, its digital format allows tour segments to be played in any order skipping over or replaying what you like. Perhaps the best aspect of the recordings is the use of historic figures such as St Louis’ founding father Pierre Laclede, Dred Scott, the slave who sued for his freedom and Cardinal Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial who tell their stories related to the tour location.
The tour stretches from the riverfront to the five-block area that encompasses the twenty-two featured downtown stops. A pocket map is included with the digital player that allows walkers to decide the direction and the pace they choose to take. While I recommend beginning at the cobblestone riverfront it doesn’t matter where you begin the tour. It’s an easy, comfortable walk that provides opportunities to stop and take additional tours at locations as the Old Court House or to rest, imbibe and enjoy refreshments at Ballpark Village.
STL Lost & Found was released in time to celebrate St Louis’ 250th birthday, a celebration that will last throughout 2014. The tour is available for purchase at the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission’s downtown visitor centers in Kiener Plaza and at the America Center as well as gift shops at various locations as Ballpark Village and the History Museum in Forest Park. It also can be downloaded via iTunes MusicStore. Check out St Louis Lost & Found on FaceBook or click on www.StoriedWalk.com for complete information.