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St. Charles County is located in the state of
Missouri just northwest of St Louis. Its county seat
is St Charles. The county has a total area of 592;
miles. 560 miles is land and 32 miles is water.
1760, French traders, trappers and missionaries had
penetrated the Mississippi River Valley and
established settlements as far south as the Missouri
River in St. Charles County. Louis Blanchette, a
French Canadian fur trader, established an active
riverfront trading post on the Missouri River and
named the area "Les Petites Cotes" or Little Hills.
Except for a brief period when the area was deeded to
Spain, the territory remained under French control
until acquired by the United States as part of the
Sioux, Osage, and other indian
tribes were already here before the Europeans explored
this area. These native Americans were drawn to the
beautiful spring in Weldon Spring where an unlimited
supply of pure, sparkling water flowed out of the
In 1804, after the Louisiana
Purchase, the name was changed from San Carlos to St.
The county was organized on October 1,
After construction of Interstate 70 in the
mid-1950’s population growth in St. Charles
County accelerated due to convenient access to St.
Organized in 1812 Incorporated in 1830
Named for the Spanish district once
located here, San Carlos, from Saint Charles Borromeo.
County Seat is the city of St.
Located just N.W. of St Louis,
Charles has a total area of 592 miles.
32 miles is water
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