1 Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, MO, 63301 / Cake artist: Amanda Blalock
The St. Louis area has a few casinos, including Ameristar. Ameristar just happens to be sitting near the place where America’s first Interstate Highway opened. After the Federal Aid-Highway Act passed in 1956, the state of Missouri was awarded contracts on paving interstate highways. One of them was the then-present road of Route 66 (now Interstate 44 which goes from Joplin, Springfield, Rolla to St. Louis). On August 13, 1956, the site of I-70 (near Ameristar) was awarded a contract, and at the same time, construction started for it.
Little is known that there is some controversy on where the first Interstate started. Missouri, along with Pennsylvania and Kansas are states that claim to have it. Pennsylvania had the first traditional four-lane highway (the Pennsylvania Turnpike), which was the first of its kind. It was paved in 1940. Kansas, on the other hand, jumped the gun before the bill even passed (earlier in 1956), but was awarded a contract after Missouri.
Cake placement date: July 27 (also see ‘Notes’ below)
Where is the cake now?: The cake was donated to the Cakelovers collection in early 2015. It has moved around to many places, including Maplewood and Urban Matter in South city. Now being displayed at Urban Eats (3301 Meramec St, St. Louis, MO). (May 2017)
Notes: This cake was originally placed at Big Mound (Le Grenge de Terre) in March (?), but was moved inside the casino’s public area (all ages were allowed) on July 27, 2014. There was a rumor that this was to be placed at the old Noah’s Ark place in St. Charles. The cake’s artist, Amanda Blalock, is multi-cake artist Rich Brooks’ daughter.