St. Charles: Les Petites Côtes

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In 1769, French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette built a cabin on the Missouri River in what is today St. Charles. He called the settlement Les Petites Cotes, or the little hills. Other now famous explorers soon passed this way, including Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who began their expedition here in 1804 to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory. Daniel Boone forged a path through St. Charles along the Boone's Lick Trail, which later joined the Santa Fe Trail and then the Oregon Trail. Today St. Charles hosts many annual events to celebrate its rich history and transport visitors to the past. However, the site of Missouri's first state capitol has not survived without tragedy and an occasional natural disaster, including a cholera epidemic, tornadoes, floods, and a couple of disastrous railroad bridge accidents.
ISBN: 9780738561059
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Missouri
Series: Images of America
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Don Graveman, a fourth-generation St. Charlesan, holds a degree in economics from the University of Missouri and is an avid historian and photographer. Dianna Graveman, an editor and award-winning writer, holds degrees from both the University of Missouri and Lindenwood University. Together they gathered their favorite images from the St. Charles County Historical Society's archives and other sources to illustrate the colorful history of their hometown.
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