At the beginning of the period, most of the land west of Grand Avenue was still unsubdivided. By 1900, however, only the most western and southwestern portions of the city had yet to be platted. The expansion of the built environment in St. Louis during this period was phenomenal. St. Louis' population rose from 160,773 to 575,238. The growth of the built environment was commensurate with the rise in population. The current city limits were set in 1875, and were assumed to be all the space it would ever need; but twenty-five years later, its population had expanded to such an extent that there were no longer any rural areas within the boundaries of St. Louis.
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