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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Historic St. Charles, MO

I had long wanted to visit St. Charles, MO, but usually when I travel I-70, I'm going from Point A to Point B. When I recently stayed with my friend Cathy, she suggested we put it on our agenda. I'm so happy we did.

Kilwins Ice Cream
takes care of doggies
Historic towns ooze charm and St. Charles fits the mold perfectly. The old buildings have been kept up and the diversity of architectural styles is delightful. Add that the buildings house unique little shops and boutiques, restaurants and galleries, and the town is a great attraction. I was amazed at the number of people strolling along the streets and visiting the shops on an early evening weekday.

Although the stores were closing, people didn't seem to mind. Maybe they had been there in time to shop and now were simply enjoying a beautiful May evening. It's the perfect time of year in Missouri - winter is gone and summer heat is still in the future.

It's a dog-friendly community. Many visitors brought their furry friends along and some of the businesses do their best to make them comfortable. That's always important for those of us who travel with our doggies.

Just a block off the main street, the Missouri River slowly flows toward the Mississippi. Although the river was slow now, signs of recent flooding are everywhere. Huge piles of debris still line a section of the river. However, it's obvious that the area is a great place to enjoy riverfront activities.

Once a stop on the Lewis & Clark expedition, today a statue stands proudly with the Missouri River as its backdrop.

St. Charles is on the Katy Trail. Whenever I stop along the trail, I meet people and St. Charles was no exception. When we took Luke's picture, we met a couple of guys who stopped to have their photo taken in front of the statue.

St. Charles has an interesting history. Founded by a French Canadian in 1769, it was under Spanish control until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1804, Lewis and Clark began their expedition from the area.

Daniel Boone built a family homestead nearby and the town became the starting point of the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail.

From 1821 - 1826, the town served as Missouri's first state capitol. German settlers developed a wine region during the 1800s. Today St. Charles is in the midst of Missouri's wine country.

I only experienced a smattering of what the town has to offer and it's definitely on my "return" list. Next time I plan to take the trolley tour and learn more about the area and its history.



2 comments:

  1. I'm enjoying your travels, Pat.
    May I share some of them?

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    1. Absolutely. I would love for you to share them. I'd like for everyone to enjoy the beauty I find.

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