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St. Charles History

Founded in 1769 as Les Petites Cotes ("The Little Hills") by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette. The Spanish government controlled the Mississippi Valley between 1762-1800, and for a dozen years "The Little Hills" became "San Carlos Borromeo." In 1804, on the banks of the mighty Missouri River, Lewis and Clark met here to begin their westward expedition. Shortly thereafter, the city became known as "Saint Charles."

Meanwhile, Daniel Boone and his family built a homestead in nearby Defiance. His Booneslick Road later become the eastern starting-point of the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail. Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable, the "Black Frenchman" who founded Chicago, lived the last 10 years of his life in Frenchtown and died in 1818.

Also in 1818, Saint Philippine Duchesne established the first free girls' school west of the Mississippi. It's not surprising that statesmen decided Missouri's First State Capitol should be here, between 1821 and 1826. Lindenwood College, a landmark private fine arts school, was founded in 1827.

Throughout the 19th Century, German settlers developed a wine region and brought their food, fellowship and commerce to a booming pioneer town. During the 20th Century, residents worked to preserve homes, stores and streets from every period.

As destination for almost one million visitors each year, Saint Charles history comes alive to welcome you. Experience the charm and beauty of a city that has been welcoming visitors since 1769.


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Aug
16
2017

Music on Main

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month…More
Aug
17
2017

St. Charles Municipal Band Concert

** Municipal Band Concert has been cancelled for…More
Aug
18
2017

Festival of the Little Hills

The largest festival of the year, activities…More
Aug
25
2017

Boogie Stomp!

Two Pianos. One Stage. The Story of 100 Years of…More
Aug
26
2017

Outdoor Days

Outdoor Days Saint Charles, MO is an open to the…More
Aug
26
2017

Race for the Rivers & Festival

Whether you're an avid paddler looking to get in…More
Sep
3
2017

St. Charles Community Big (Jazz) Band

Enjoy an evening of Jazz, bring…More
Sep
8
2017

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson's concerts find the country icon…More
Sep
9
2017

House Tour

Join us from 12 - 4:00 PM to view the interiors…More
Sep
14
2017

2nd Thursdays at The Foundry Art Centre

The Foundry Art Centre proudly presents 2nd…More
Sep
15
2017

Augusta’s Harvest Festival

Friday "Concert and Picnic in the…More
Sep
15
2017

MOSAICS Fine Art Festival

Several blocks of North Main Street in Historic…More