Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?
By Alex Mayyasi on Priceonomics
‘At the time, St. Louis was a small, young city that served as the gateway to the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Americans knew little about the new territory, and Brackenridge was struck by the size of the ruins. “If the city of Philadelphia and its environs were deserted,” he wrote, “there would not be more numerous traces of human existence.”’