Robt E Lee played a role in the history of StLouis. Assigned here with the Army Corp of Engineers following his graduation from West Point, he held an important role in the construction of the Eads Bridge. He stayed in what was then a rather remote suburan area, where he enjoyed daily horseback rides through the woods. The area reminded him so much of his native Virginia that he called it Richmond Heights: the name stuck, and is the name of that StLouis suburb today.
Source: Major James Utz SCV Camp of Florissant, Missouri.
BTW; Following the collapse of the Mississippi River bridge at Minneapolis where it was stated that bridge which was built in the late 1960`s no mention was ever made of the Eads Bridge (which was first bridge across the Mississippi River, or the fact that it is still in service)