Washington, MO

St. Clair Sees Big Crowds and No Problems for Total Solar Eclipse

With one of the longest periods of the totality in the country tourists from across the globe descended on St. Clair for the total solar eclipse on Monday.  According to Executive Director of the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce, Charlene Saling, an estimated 75,000 people came out for the eclipse on Monday.  Despite the large crowds no problems occurred on Monday or at the various events held throughout the weekend in St. Clair.  Saling reports all ten viewing stations for the eclipse were filled to capacity.  International travelers came from as far away as England, Poland, New Zealand, and Japan to witness this once in a lifetime event.  Crowds also wrapped around the block at 8 am at the visitor’s center in St. Clair to purchase various eclipse memorabilia.  Most of the memorabilia has sold out and the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce is in the process of ordering more to fill demand.  The events leading up to the eclipse also saw large crowds.  The Sunday car show in particular saw crowds cram their way into the downtown area to witness the day’s activities.


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