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Defiance in St. Charles County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

A Defiant Tale

A Defiant Tale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 24, 2019
1. A Defiant Tale Marker
Around the time of the Civil War, southwestern St. Charles County was a rural and isolated community. By 1888, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad negotiated to extend its line through the region. As the railroad moved in, two towns sprung up — both wanting to become the economic center for the region.

Local farmer and landowner Richard Matson recognized the benefits that this railroad could offer and contributed 20 acres to assure a depot would be built at his location. On the site, a small station, and other rail facilities were constructed. A town called "Matson" also grew alongside this new station with streets, a general store, grain elevator, schools, blacksmith shop, doctor, church and eventually a saloon.

Matson developed into a booming commercial entity and sought to grow even larger. During the height of its growth, local farmers two miles north of Matson began talk of developing a town of their own. By 1892, this small community featured a blacksmith, store, and trading post, but the railroad steamed by their farms and businesses on its way to Matson.

The leaders of this new town contacted
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the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad to make it known that they wanted a station of their own. They promised to construct a farm-to-market road into the town and proposed depot. People then built houses in the area and a town developed. Ultimately, the town was named "Defiance" because they had succeeded in defying the Matson's by getting the railroad depot and post office to be built.

Defiance's growth was spurred by local businesses in Matson moving to the new town. Eventually, the Matson's doctor, general store, grain elevator, and church all relocated to Defiance.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 38° 37.798′ N, 90° 46.784′ W. Marker is in Defiance, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 94 and Darst Bottom Road, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 94. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3006 South Highway 94, Defiance MO 63341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. School Days In Defiance (a few steps from this marker); Baseball in Defiance (approx. 0.4 miles away); Isaac McCormick House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Daniel Boone Judgment Tree Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles
A Defiant Tale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 24, 2019
2. A Defiant Tale Marker
away); Matson to Weldon Spring (approx. 1.7 miles away); Daniel Boone's Missouri Golden Years (approx. 1.7 miles away); Matson to Augusta (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Boone Trace (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Defiance.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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