The City of Washington Missouri is located in Franklin County, about an hour and ten minutes west of Downtown St. Louis via Interstate 44 and Highway 100. Important roads for the community are Main Street, Highway 47, Highway 100, Jefferson Street, 5th Street, International Avenue and many others. The City was officially incorporated in 1841 and in 2010 the city had a population of 13,982 residents.
Washington Missouri has many private and public schools available to the students of the community. The public school district that serves the community is the Washington School District. This school district has eight elementary schools, Washington Middle School, Washington High School and a career center. Several private schools are also located in Washington that offer education to students Preschool through 8th grade. Those schools are St. Gertrude Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Immanuel Lutheran School and St. Francis Borgia Catholic School. The private high school, St. Francis Borgia High School is also in Washington Missouri.
The City of Washington maintains eleven parks that total 222 acres of parkland. Amenities those parks feature are pavilions, athletic fields, some lighted, for softball and baseball, playgrounds, lighted outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, walking trails, lakes and ponds, lighted and unlighted soccer fields and football fields, boat ramp for access to the Missouri River, picnic facilities, tennis courts, concession stands, gazebos and the bikeway, Rotary Riverfront Trail. The City also has an outdoor aquatic complex with an Olympic size swimming pool and a leisure pool.
Washington Missouri has many festivals and annual events that are held throughout the year:
-Annual Art Fair & Winefest-third weekend in May- sample wines from Missouri Wineries while enjoying art from artist of many regions.
-Washington Town & Country Fair-first Wednesday thru Sunday in August-enjoy entertainment, livestock exhibits, motor sport events, and more, admission is charged.
-Chili Cook-off-fourth Friday in September-kicks off the Fall Festival
-Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts-fourth weekend in September-Arts and Crafts booths, food, live entertainment, special children's area.
-Holiday Parade of Lights-Friday after Thanksgiving-the highlight of Downtown Washington Christmas season, 40 floats. Parade starts at 5pm.
-Washington's Olde Fashioned Christmas-Sunday after Thanksgiving-free to the public, Christmas carolers, carriage rides, refreshments, children's crafts.
-Farmer's Market-Third Saturday in April through Third Saturday in December-local produce, baked goods and crafts.
Washington, Missouri is right in the middle of Missouri wine country with twelve wineries within minutes of the city. Shops and boutiques, restaurants and cafes, antiques, bed & breakfasts, many located in historical buildings, abound in Washington! Early Washington settlers were people who followed Daniel Boone from Kentucky. German immigrants arrived in 1833, brought to Washington by tales of how the area was reminiscent of their homeland. Located along the Missouri River, Washington is a perfect river landing and a ferry was used to cross the river up until 1936 when a bridge was built. One man and his wife, William and Lucinda Owens, were very instrumental in forming the town of Washington into what it is today. They came to the area in 1818 and eventually purchased 50 acres of land that they sold off in town lots. In 1839, Lucinda Owens filed a plat of the city in the county courthouse which officially established the city of Washington.
Washington has many historical homes, buildings, and commercial districts that are on the National Register of Historical Places. One of them is the John B. Busch Brewery Historic district. John B. Busch, brother to Adolphus Busch, established a brewery in 1854 in Washington and brewed the first Busch beer. The brewery was closed 1954, having been in business for 100 years. Another historic district is the Tibbe Historic District. This is a residential area with about 30 homes that were built in the late 19th and early 20th century, most of which remain unchanged from when they were built. This large portion of this area was developed by Henry Tibbe, whose company, Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Factory, manufactured corn-cobb pipes. There are four more historic districts including the Downtown Washington Historic District.
The Washington Missouri Amtrak Station is located on West Front Street along the Missouri River and has daily trains to and from the Kirkwood Missouri Amtrak Station and the downtown St. Louis Amtrak Station located at the St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center.
Washington Missouri City Hall
405 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090
Police (non-emergency): 636-390-1050
Fire (non-emergency): 636-390-1020
Parks and Recreation: 636-390-1080
Chamber of Commerce: 636-239-2715
Public Library: 636-390-1070
City Clerk: 636-390-1006
Washington Regional Airport: 636-433-5454