Benton Park

Streets and Land Divisions

The street layout in the portion of the district south of Arsenal Street was determined by section lines in the St. Louis Commons, while the principal streets in the northern section follow property lines of the Petit Prairie Common Field. The area's early main north-south thoroughfares were Carondelet Avenue, now South Broadway, and Jefferson Avenue, whose width is due to the importance given it in the layout of the subdivision of the Commons.

While the sale of the Commons was authorized as early as 1836, active platting of subdivisions within the area did not begin until the early 1850's. One of the earliest of these was a city subdivision in 1854 of the section between Wyoming and Chippewa Streets from Wisconsin Avenue west to Grand Avenue, which was the west line of the Commons.