The 1850s was a time of great change for merchants in St. Louis. Railroads were moving in and with them came greater business competition. Commercial organizations such as the St. Louis Merchants Exchange came about to try to stabilize the marketplace. However, even these groups were unable to protect the market from the qualms and tribulations it would face .
""Creative Destruction in the Antebellum Marketplace: St. Louis Merchants and the Railroad Boom of the 1850s","
The Confluence (2009-2020): Vol. 6
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/confluence_2009/vol6/iss1/1