345 North Road, St. Louis, MO, 63125 / Cake artist: Paul LaFlam

 

Jefferson Barracks is the oldest operating U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River. Named for the then-recently deceased Thomas Jefferson in 1827, the military post was settled in 1826 to replace Fort Bellefontaine. It became important during the Mexican-American War and the U.S. Civil War. During World War I, the area was used mostly as a recruiting and training center. After World War II, Jefferson Barracks was decommissioned as a military post (1946). Today it is now used as the base for the U.S. Army and Air National Guard.

The cake outside the Visitors Center
The cake outside the Visitors Center

Cake placement date: April 10

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $500 on 1/1/2015.

Jefferson Barracks on St. Louis’ Parks website

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