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      Happy birthday St. Louis as it turns 250

      St. Louis is celebrating a big birthday, but the exact date isn't quite clear.

      St. Louis is celebrating a big birthday, but the exact date isn't quite clear.

      The Gateway City either turned 250 on Friday or does so Saturday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the confusion stems from the penmanship of Auguste Chouteau. He was 14 when he stepped onto what became St. Louis in February 1764.

      Four decades later he wrote a brief memoir. His handwriting indicated the date was Feb. 14 or 15 -- it wasn't possible to tell if the last digit was a "4" or a "5."

      At the first known founders' day party in St. Louis, in 1847, celebrants went with Feb. 15. But Chouteau's son, Gabriel, later said that his father told him the date was Feb. 14.

      Several weekend events are planned.