A Community within a Community
Surrounding this slave plantation in the 1850s were other large properties that were also dependent on slave labor. Interwoven with these were smaller tracts of land where family . . . — — Map (db m124987) HM
A Place Called Home
The Dent and Grant families spent many enjoyable years on this plantation while their children were growing up. While a few of the enslaved people lived in the house, most were housed in log . . . — — Map (db m124988) HM
In 1843, Ulysses S. Grant first visited White Haven as a young second lieutenant. In the decades after that first visit, Grant, White Haven, and the country underwent vast changes in response to the turbulent issues that divided the nation. . . . — — Map (db m124989) HM
Changes at White Haven (left panel)
The end of the war brought many changes to the White Haven estate. The previously enslaved African Americans were free and appear to have left the area. Labor was now provided by German and French . . . — — Map (db m122399) HM
The builder of the house, as well as its subsequent owners, were well-known and respected individuals, and the farm reflected their status in the St. Louis community. Modifications were made to the original two-story, four-room structure to . . . — — Map (db m124992) HM
After the Presidency and a world tour, Ulysses and Julia Grant settled in New York to be closer to their children and grandchildren. While the romance of one day returning to White Haven remained, . . . — — Map (db m124990) HM
Colonel Dent named the property White Haven after his family home in Maryland. Paint analysis indicated the home was painted various colors in the nineteenth century, including Paris Green with a dark green trim, as seen on this wall and . . . — — Map (db m124993) HM
Mr. Busch's love of animals and the desire to share that love with people of all ages inspired him to open his home, Grant's Farm to the public in 1954. He then established the Busch Gardens family Theme Parks in Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, . . . — — Map (db m176760) HM
Grant's plans for developing the farm resulted in many improvements, including a barn and stable built between 1869 and 1872. The stable you see today housed Grant's horses. The barn that also appears in the 1875 illustration of the farm sheltered . . . — — Map (db m124996) HM
Operating an 850-acre slave plantation required numerous outbuildings. Col. Frederick Dent's enslaved African-Americans labored in these outbuildings and kept the farm self-sufficient prior to the Civil . . . — — Map (db m124991) HM
Contrast this simple bead-board door to the finer paneled ones throughout the rest of the house. Its crude appearance suggests only slaves used this door to enter and exit the home.One method employed to control slaves was to restrict their . . . — — Map (db m124997) HM
Settlement in St. Louis County first occurred along the three main thoroughfares out from the city: Gravois to the southwest, Manchester to the west, and Natural Bridge to the northwest. Railroad development paralleled the Mississippi River to the . . . — — Map (db m124998) HM
White Haven was the name given to both the house and the estate. Typical of many large plantations, other houses on the property were built and occupied by family members and slaves. White residents gave their houses special names. The slaves, . . . — — Map (db m124999) HM
White Haven was typical of large farms in the area during the mid-1800s. As times changed, so did its operation in terms of labor, equipment, and methods. Its two owners, Colonel Dent and Ulysses Grant, also had different interests and therefore . . . — — Map (db m125000) HM
White Haven has been designated a National
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America. 1986 National Park Service United States Department of the . . . — — Map (db m125001) HM
Operating this 850-acre farm required numerous outbuildings. These included a spring house built over the spring to provide a cool place for crocks of butter and cheese; a barn behind the main house for livestock such as cows, pigs, and sheep; . . . — — Map (db m125002) HM
Working Plantation (left panel)
White Haven was typical of slave plantations in the area during the mid-1800s. As times changed, so did the operation of the farm in terms of labor, equipment and methods. Prior to the Civil War, . . . — — Map (db m122400) HM
One of the two experimental demonstrator "Aerotrains" (#2 and #3) built by GM with a new light weigh construction and low center of gravity concept, powered by 1,200 h.p. futuristic locomotives. Initially in mainline service, they rode poorly at . . . — — Map (db m133024) HM
Built by the Austin-Western Company, this gasoline powered road roller shows the transition from the earlier steam powered roller design to internal combustion power. This equipment was used to compress the soil and crushed rock to form a solid . . . — — Map (db m133023) HM
In honor and memory of those who served our country in war
Our honored dead
Ollie Helenkamp Walter Lepere Thurman Thompson Harold Walka Gregory Johnson Thomas Shea Thomas Foster — — Map (db m156708) WM
Not long after the end of hostilities in World War II, the United States found itself once again in the position of retooling its military aviation programs, this time as a result of the dawn of the jet age. The propeller-driven fighters that had . . . — — Map (db m133026) HM
Col. John Glenn piloted the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft in the first United States human orbital flight on 20 February 1962. Electrical and electronic systems invented by McDonnell Aircraft engineers, including IRE members, made his and . . . — — Map (db m146059) HM
From 1962 through 1966, the men and women of McDonnell Aircraft supported the nation's space program through the design and manufacture of the Gemini spacecraft, proudly built here in St. Louis.
Erected in memory of Astronauts Charles A. . . . — — Map (db m146080) HM
Born May 30, 1869 daughter of Elbridge G. and Mary E. Long Payne. She lived here most of her life. She taught the one-room Fee Fee School in Pattonville, 1893-1896. She married William R. Gentry, of Columbia, Missouri, who moved here and became a . . . — — Map (db m169162) HM
marked by the
Daughters of the
State of Missouri
(plaque on the back:)
Rededicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women who passed this way on their journey to all . . . — — Map (db m150771) HM
Name: Alt School House
Built by: Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Congregation UAC
Location: Reinke Road in Ellisville, south of Manchester Road.
First teacher was paid $100 per year.
Tuition was 75’ per . . . — — Map (db m179214) HM
Built by: Dr. Frederick Bates Jr. and Lavinia Meredith Bates, Original location: Directly across Olive Blvd. from Faust Park. Facts . Frederick Bates Jr. was the youngest son Frederick Bates, second governor of the state of Missouri.. After . . . — — Map (db m178856) HM
Name: Davis House
Built: The original date of construction for this house is unknown but its current appearance seems to indicate the late 1800s. Actually a two story log building, the house could date to early 1800s.
Built . . . — — Map (db m178978) HM
During the winter, ice and snow would be cut from lakes or rivers, taken into the icehouse, and packed with insulation[ often straw or sawdust]. It would remain frozen for, many months, often until the following winter, and could be used as a . . . — — Map (db m178767) HM
Name: Mertz Log Home
Built: The first single room building was built in 1849. The house was expanded over the following 10 years.
Built by: Ludwig and Salome Mertz.
Original location: Campus of present day Maryville . . . — — Map (db m178975) HM
Name: Miles A. Seed Carriage House
Built by: Miles A. Seed
Original Location: College and Hord Avenues, Jennings, Mo.
Originally stood behind an elegant Queen Anne style home.
Miles A. . . . — — Map (db m179218) HM
Name: Sellenriek Barn
Built: Late 1860s - early 1870s
Built by: Frank Sellenriek
Original location: The south side of Hwy 40 across from the Church Of Latter Day Saints in Town and Country
The barn is a . . . — — Map (db m179217) HM
Traditional smokehouses served both as meat smokers and to store the meats, often for groups and communities of people. Frederick Bates had his own smokehouse that fed just the residents of this estate.
Food preservation occurred by salt . . . — — Map (db m178747) HM
Stephen Hempstead, a Revolutionary War hero and early settler, wrote to the Connecticut Home Missionary Society in 1815 to ask them to send a missionary to organize Presbyterian Churches in this area. On December 26, 1815, The Reverend Mr. Salmon . . . — — Map (db m187510) HM
Built between the years 1815-1820
The residence of Frederick Bates
1777 - 1825
Secretary of the Louisiana Territory 1807 - 1820
Second Governor of Missouri
Thornhill was donated to St. Louis County by Mr. and Mrs. . . . — — Map (db m178571) HM
Up the hill stands the headquarters of Barry-Wehmiller, a global capital equipment manufacturer whose St. Louis roots date back to the 1880s. Its most enduring legacy, however, is its commitment to being an organization where people can develop and . . . — — Map (db m142046) HM
Francis Olympic Field served as the main site of the 1904 Olympics. It is named in honor of 1870 Washington University graduate David R. Francis, whose visionary efforts brought the Olympic Games to St. Louis in parallel with the 1904 World's . . . — — Map (db m144047) HM
Martin F. Hanley sought to establish the County Seat at the resort property at Mount Olive near where Olive Boulevard and Hanley Road intersect today. Hanley's former neighbor, Mr. Ecker, operated the resort. Hanley and Ecker offered to donate 100 . . . — — Map (db m145210) HM
Built in 1855 by Martin Franklin Henley, the Historic Hanley House is the oldest building in the City of Clayton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house once stood on just over 100 acres of farmland. In 1876, Martin F. . . . — — Map (db m145212) HM
The Hanley House outbuilding includes the Kitchen and Hired Man's Room. The structure dates to 1855 and is original to the site. The kitchen once served as the slave quarter for the farmstead. After the death of her father, James Walton, Cyrene C. . . . — — Map (db m145186) HM
The county was first visited by white colonists when missionary priests, Illinois French, and Kaskaskia and Tamaroa Indians settled the temporary village of Des Peres, 1700-03. The village site, laid out 18 years after La Salle claimed the territory . . . — — Map (db m141896) HM
In 1847, Martin F. Hanley purchased 100.6 acres of land from William Wyatt for $750. Hanley initially made his living as a blacksmith but turned his attention to farming following the construction of his home in 1855. Built in the Greek revival . . . — — Map (db m145209) HM
Father Dickson Cemetery was founded in 1903. The cemetery is named for Moses Dickson, a prominent African American abolitionist who passed away in 1901 and was re-interred here. This was one of the first public cemeteries in St. Louis available to . . . — — Map (db m163583) HM
The Sappington House is the historic home of Thomas Sappington. Thomas was one of the seventeen children of John and Jemima Sappington, early pioneers of the area. John and Jemima Sappington moved to this area in 1804 . . . — — Map (db m140976) HM
Father Dickson Cemetery is an African American historic burial ground. Interred are veterans from the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean Conflict, as well as notable civil rights advocates, local, state and national . . . — — Map (db m169306) HM
To the sacred memory of
Rev. Sir Moses Dickson
Founder of the
Order of Twelve.
Born April 5, 1824
Died November 28, 1901
To the memory of
Mother Mary E. Dickson
Wife of the founder
Born August . . . — — Map (db m169305) HM
This is one of the oldest buildings constructed in St. Louis County; its features date it to the late 1700s, perhaps early 1800s.
Little is known about its origin but its construction identifies it as a "settler's cabin" with one room, a . . . — — Map (db m185524) HM
On October 8, 1977, Gerald Gordon was assassinated upon leaving the Bar Mitzvah of Richard Kalina at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel congregation in Richmond Heights, Missouri. His killer, a notorious anti-Semite and white supremacist, was brought to . . . — — Map (db m144816) HM
This authentic log cabin, home to five generations of Hackmanns, was originally located on the current site of the Creve Coeur Golf Course and Dielmann Recreation Complex. It began as one room in the early 1800s and became the home of Mr. and Mrs. . . . — — Map (db m185707) HM
Originally built in 1897 to serve the educational needs of the community, Lake School was constructed on the south side of Olive Boulevard, just west of the juncture with Hog Hollow, in what is now Chesterfield.
The settlement, Lake, got its . . . — — Map (db m185706) HM
Built about 1780, at Ballas & Conway Roads on a Spanish land grant to prevent destruction, Glenna & Darrell Clester moved cabin to this site, restored & furnished it in 1964 & opened cabin to the public in 1965. It is now registered as a national . . . — — Map (db m185711) HM
Beloved St. Louis Cardinal and cornerstone of the community, "The Man" ranked at or near the top of Major League Baseball's all-time lists in almost every batting category during his 22 year career. Lifetime batting average of .331. A 24-time . . . — — Map (db m187521) HM
Built from 1880-1884, the Tappmeyer house was located on Olive Street Road just west of Ross Avenue on a 33-acre working farm that produced wheat, corn, alfalfa, and clover hay. The Tappmeyer farm also had livestock - mules, horses, cattles, pigs, . . . — — Map (db m185520) HM
Site of first orphan home west of Mississippi River. Founded by Rev. Johann F. Buenger, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 1867. Purchased by City of Des Peres, August 3, 1973. Designated Historic Site by St. Louis County . . . — — Map (db m156295) HM
This neon sign once helped bring weary travelers in for a bite to eat and some coffee at the Keys Cafι, formerly located in Franklin County, MO, on Historic Route 66 by the Twin Bridges.
The sign has a distinctive "key" shape, playing on the . . . — — Map (db m122394) HM
In honor of all Eureka residents who served their country during times of war and peace, so that we and our children may continue to live freedom.
Lest we forget our valiant heroes — — Map (db m191426) WM
Kircher Park is named in honor of former Mayor Leon Kircher. Kircher was first elected mayor at the age of 30 and served from 1963-1967 and then again from 1973-1975. Mayor Kircher was an advocate for establishing . . . — — Map (db m157408) HM
Located just south of downtown Eureka, Lions Park is named for the Eureka Lions Club and honors its community service and fundraising efforts for the Eureka area. Lions Club's generous donation helped established the athletic fields within the . . . — — Map (db m157385) HM
The first bridge across the Meramec River was located at this site. This wooden covered toll structure was privately owned and opened in 1854. The original cost for this bridge was $19,000. In 1874 the bridge became toll free when it was purchased . . . — — Map (db m194359) HM
You see before you the Meramec River. The Meramec covers a distance of 193.5 river miles from its headwaters 170 miles west to the junction with the Mississippi River. On its journey to Fenton the river meanders through beautiful Ozark countryside . . . — — Map (db m194349) HM
(from left to right:)
Somerset County, P.A.
"They saved many lives "
World Trade Center
New York City
"All were innocent, all were heroes"
Former Mayor of New York City . . . — — Map (db m194362) WM
William Long founded Fenton in 1819, naming it after his grandmother, Elizabeth Fenton Bennet. The original town plat covered 12 acres, consisting of 8 square blocks. The first lots were sold in 1819.
The incorporation of Fenton in 1874 was . . . — — Map (db m194350) HM
The Meramec Greenway was established in 1975 with the mandate to plan and coordinate the recovery of 108 miles of the lower Meramec River that had deteriorated from years of abuse and neglect. The Meramec River . . . — — Map (db m194348) HM
This area was originally named Meramec Bend for the "big bend" the Meramec River makes to the south.
Nearby salt springs attracted early Native Americans and the valley's first European settlers. Numerous tribes . . . — — Map (db m194343) HM
In April 1969, St. Louis County accepted a gift of 37.4 acres of land from Winter Brothers Material Company and a lease of 13.12 additional acres for $1.00 per year. This was the beginning of George Winter County Park. . . . — — Map (db m156709) HM
During the early 1900s the river became a popular recreational area for swimming, fishing and canoeing activities. River resorts began to develop and the banks were lined with clubhouses. During the Roaring 20s trainloads of weekend visitors were . . . — — Map (db m194357) HM
Called the Father of Modern Florissant. He gave the City piped water, a sewer system, the first City library and established the Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Police Departments. He brought financial stability and legally changed the name . . . — — Map (db m149393) HM
Kay dedicated her life working for the City of Florissant with a genuine affection for everyone she met. Kay played key roles in renovating many treasures including the John B. Meyers House/Barn, Archambault House, the Log Cabin & the Gittemeier . . . — — Map (db m145310) HM
Elected twenty-seven times to the office of Mayor he served from 1865 to 1890 and then again from 1892 to 1893, dying in office. He helped to bring the West End Narrow Gauge Railroad to Florissant and under his leadership Florissant offered land and . . . — — Map (db m145367) HM
Sole owner of Ballard Plumbing after her husband Lawrence died. First woman in MO to hold a Master Plumber license. Charter member Florissant Valley Historical Society and Florissant Old Town Partners. President Florissant Valley Sheltered Workshop. . . . — — Map (db m147213) HM
A United States Navy veteran, Dave served on the Florissant City Council from 1976 - 1994 and was Council President in 1979. He served as President of the St. Louis County Municipal League in 1988 and was elected to four terms as a Missouri State . . . — — Map (db m145370) HM
Florissant Councilman 1959 - 1977
St. Louis County Councilman 1977 - 1990
Don earned a reputation for fighting for his constituents, and for a high quality of life in Florissant and North County. Always easily accessible, he hosted annual . . . — — Map (db m145371) HM
Don Zykan, Sr. co-owned Zykan Bros. Solid Waste with his brothers Ed and Joe. Their Florissant based business was founded in 1932 by their father John M. Zykan. In 1951 Don married Florissant native Grace Ebbesmeyer and they raised 5 children and . . . — — Map (db m147813) HM
Florissant patriot graduated Air Force Academy, fighter pilot 8th Special Ops Squadron Vietnam. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross Air Metal. May 11, 1972 his A-37 Dragonfly was shot down during his 138th combat mission. His remains, classified . . . — — Map (db m149383) HM WM
French trappers discovered the fertile valley formed by the Reviere de Biche and called it Fleurissant. They stayed to till the rich soil and build a village here on the east bank of the stream the Americans would call Coldwater Creek the common . . . — — Map (db m140712) HM
Commissioned by the Spanish Governor as the Military and Civil Commandant of the village of St. Ferdinand de Florissant throughout the Spanish regime, often described as a man of honesty and integrity who shaped and guided the little settlement of . . . — — Map (db m145290) HM
Frank and Jo married in 1943 and opened Korte Hardware, 610 St. Francois, in 1946. Devoted to family and faith they put a priority on community service with leadership roles in Fire Department, Hospital, Chamber, Valley of Flowers, Historical . . . — — Map (db m149392) HM
Grace Ebbesmeyer, the second youngest of 9. Married Don Zykan, Sr. in 1951 & mother of 5. Officer & Owner Zykan Bros. Family Business. Chamber Outstanding Person of the Year 2006, Past President OTP & STL Soroptomist Club. Receiver of Christian . . . — — Map (db m147815) HM
He was a descendant of Joseph Aubuchon who was in Florissant as early as 1799. In 1857 when the Missouri State Legislature changed Florissants form of government from trusteeship to mayor-council he became the first mayor under the
Special . . . — — Map (db m145368) HM
Hal Schuchmann, Army Veteran & Wash U grad, Florissant Ward 6 Councilman from 1963 - 1975 & advocated building existing City Hall & both Civic Centers. On 1963 Board of Freeholders which drafted current City Charter. Lord of Valley Flowers Court for . . . — — Map (db m149394) HM
A life-long resident of Florissant and World War II Army Veteran. He was an active member of American Legion Post 444 and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Henry operated Hendel's Market for forty-seven years as a popular neighborhood grocery store. He . . . — — Map (db m147812) HM
He was Florissant's first full-time salaried City Clerk, serving from 1950 to 1960. In that ten year period, the population of Florissant increased 921%. In 1960, he was elected as the first full-time Mayor and the last Mayor under the 1857 Charter. . . . — — Map (db m147808) HM
James "Jay" Russell, long-serving Missouri statesman and Florissant businessman presented this tank to the City of Florissant in 1964. The Sherman Tank was the primary battle tank used in World War II to help the United States and the Allied forces . . . — — Map (db m151229) HM WM
Statesman and Florissant businessman. Jay was Missouri State Legislator from 1962 - 1990 Lewis & Clark Democratic Committeeman 1970 - 2008 House of Representatives - Chairman - Appropriations - member of numerous committees. He appropriated funds . . . — — Map (db m149380) HM
Co-Owned Fischer's Department Store with his brother Al, the oldest business in Florissant still in operation. Served as a Flight Engineer on a B17 Crew during World War II. Charter Member and past President of Florissant Rotary Club and Rotary . . . — — Map (db m145345) HM
He was the first Mayor elected under the 1963 Charter. During his administration a new Community Center and Civic Center were built. He initiated the LSV program and free bus service for older residents. Proud of his Irish ancestry, he was . . . — — Map (db m145414) HM
Chamber Member since 1987. Outstanding Business Person of the Year 2015. Owned Florissant Glass Co. since 1972 & Old Town Wedding Chapel since 1990. Elks Member since 1969, Trustee 18 years, Chairman of the Trustees, Dare supporter, organized Hoop . . . — — Map (db m149391) HM
In 1940, John Londoff, Sr. founded a Motor Co. with his dad Harry. Then joined the Marines in WWII. Famous jingle, Florissant building and lot and scholarships circa 1960. Variety Club Telethon Man of the Year, raised millions for children helped by . . . — — Map (db m145308) HM
John & Pearl opened Dooley's Florist July, 1966 raising 6 children & 1 niece in the family business with all working at the store. Pearl ran the accredited florist shop while John, a WWII veteran was a proud member of the Pipefitters Local 562 & . . . — — Map (db m149395) HM
It has been said “One man's name towers above all others as a giant among the great men of North County's past.” When Missouri became a State, he offered to build the State House at his own expense if Florissant were made the capital. . . . — — Map (db m145369) HM
A founder of the first bank in Florissant and of the Florissant Canning Factory, he owned the Joseph Peters Furniture Company in St. Louis. He has been described as "one of the industrial builders of St. Louis." His home stood on the grounds of the . . . — — Map (db m145412) HM
Second son of Florissant Judge John J. Kelly (1956-1958).
Tim grew up in Florissant attending Fatima and St. Thomas Aquinas. He presided over a firm but fair court and was elected eleven times. Tim Kelly inspired troubled young adults to strive . . . — — Map (db m147214) HM
He served as Mayor from 1955 to 1959. He was a staunch supporter of the 1821 St. Ferdinand Church recognizing its historical significance. Through his efforts and with community support, the building was saved. The preservation movement in . . . — — Map (db m145306) HM
Ken had a lifetime of community service in two cities & St. Louis County. He served Pine Lawn as Mayor, Alderman & businessman. In Florissant he owned two popular hi touch Handyman Hardware stores with wife Kathleen & sons Dave & Glenn, was . . . — — Map (db m145344) HM
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