The History of Saint Charles, Missouri

The historic Saint Charles, Missouri was founded along the Missouri River in 1769. Initially called Les Petites Côtes (The Little Hills) by its French-Canadian fur trader founder Louis Blanchette, Saint Charles is the third-oldest city in Missouri and still holds much of its historic charm.

The locals work hard to preserve the history and culture at Saint Charles, so that the one million visitors each year can enjoy this treasured heritage too.

Saint Charles holds regular events, such as The Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo, Howie Mandel, the Food Truck Event at Frontier Park, Missouri Day Celebration (which happens to be on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year), and a variety of Halloween and Christmas activities.

If you think an old histocourthouse1ric town like Saint Charles will get a little boring, you are wrong! Do you enjoy shopping? Then make your way down Main Street and through all the specialty and antique stores. Are you a bit of a foodie? You will be spoilt for choice with Saint Charles many restaurants. After taking a turn at the casino you can end your evening with class by taking a carriage ride through brick paved streets.

Soak in all the history by taking a self-guided tour along one of the most historic main streets in the whole of the USA. Get a peek into the life as it was in the early days when Lewis and Clark walked the very same streets you will be walking. There are 18 stops along the tour, including the famous Stone Row, the Opera House, Boone’s Lick Tail, amongst others.

Wine lovers will be pleased to know that Saint Charles is home to some of the finest wineries in the Midwest. Take a visit to the wineries, or enjoy a locally produced wine at one of Saint Charles’ restaurants.

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