Historic Towns

The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the land mass of the United States and opened the area for settlement. St. Louis was the "gateway" to this new land. The "little Dixie" highway, the Boone's Lick Trail, the El Camino Real and the Missouri River took those looking for a better life, or just plain old adventure, to the new towns that began to spring up along the way. Some stayed and caused these towns to grow. Others passed on through. Below are some of those towns that were established during that time period. Many of them would make an enjoyable day-trip for the history as well as for the annual events that these towns hold. Check them out!

Hannibal Missouri
Hannibal Missouri - Hannibal Missouri is the historic boyhood city of the famous author, Mark Twain and located in Marion County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63401, Hannibal Missouri
Historic Alton, Illinois
Historic Alton Illinois - Alton, Illinois has been the location of many historic events in the history of the United States. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Historic Clarksville Missouri
Historic Clarksville Missouri - Historic Clarksville Missouri is located on the Great River Road that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada along the Mississippi River. It is about an hour and a half drive from downtown St. Louis to Clarksville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63336, Clarksville Missouri
Historic Cuba Missouri
Historic Cuba Missouri - Historic Cuba Missouri is located about one and a half hours from Downtown St. Louis in Crawford County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 65453, Cuba
Historic Elsah Illinois
Historic Elsah Illinois - Elsah, Illinois was founded in 1853 by General James Semple who came from Kentucky and is located off of the Great River Road, through the opening in the bluffs between Mt. Radiance and Mt. Pisgua. - More Info Tags: 62028, Elsah Illinois
Historic Frenchtown St. Charles
Historic Frenchtown St. Charles - Historic Frenchtown St. Charles is filled with antique shops and quaint historic buildings and homes. It is designated as a National Trust Historic District and is located in St. Charles, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63301, St Charles City
Historic Grafton Illinois
Historic Grafton Illinois - The history of Grafton, Illinios is tied to the two rivers, the Illinios and the Mississippi, that come together at this town's riverside location. - More Info Tags: 62037, Grafton Illinois
Historic Hermann Missouri vineyard
Historic Hermann Missouri - Hermann, Missouri, located 90 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, was established in 1837 as a German Society Settlement. Beautiful country, wineries, and more await you. - More Info Tags: 65041, Hermann Missouri
Historic Kimmswick
Historic Kimmswick - Historic Kimmswick is the home of the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and many quaint boutiques. It is located in Jefferson County Missouri and hosts the popular Apple Butter Festival each year in the Fall. - More Info Tags: 63053, 63052, Kimmswick Missouri
Historic Louisiana Missouri
Historic Louisiana Missouri - Historic Louisiana, Missouri has been described as having the most intact Victorian Streetscape in Missouri with many restored Victorian and Italianate buildings. The City of Louisiana is located along the Mississippi River in Pike County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63353, Louisiana Missouri
Maeystown Illinois
Historic Maeystown Illinois - Maeystown, Illinois is located in Southern Illinois in Monroe County. Maeystown was founded in 1852 by German immigrants. This quaint town holds several annual events such as Oktoberfest, Fruehlingsfest and Fastnacht. - More Info Tags: 62256, Maeystown Illinois
Historic New Haven Missouri
Historic New Haven Missouri - Historic New Haven, Missouri was established in the late 1880's and most of it's historic buildings still remaining. It is also on the Missouri Wine Trail because of it's many wineries. - More Info Tags: 63068, New Haven Missouri
Historic St Charles
Historic St Charles - Historic St. Charles is the location of the first state capital of Missouri on Historic Main Street and a campsite in Missouri of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. - More Info Tags: 63301, St Charles City
Historic Washington Missouri
Historic Washington Missouri - Historic Washington Missouri has a rich history with many historical homes, buildings and districts. It is located along the Missouri River and on the Missouri Wine Trail. - More Info Tags: 63090, Washington Missouri
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City Missouri - Jefferson City, Missouri is the state capital of Missouri. It was laid out by Daniel Boone's son, Daniel Morgan Boone, and created for that specific purpose. - More Info Tags: 65101, Jefferson City
New Madrid Missouri
New Madrid Missouri - The historic city of New Madrid, Missouri is located on a bend in the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. Major earthquakes and Civil War battles are all part of New Madrid's history! - More Info Tags: 63869, New Madrid
Prairie du Rocher
Prairie du Rocher - Prairie du Rocher is located in Randolph County Illinois and was settled as a French farming community in 1722. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Sainte Genevieve
Sainte Genevieve - The city of Sainte Genevieve is a historic French colonial village and is situated along the Mighty Mississippi River. It is located one hour south of the city of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63670, Sainte Genevieve Missouri
Springfield Illinois - Springfield, Illinois has served as its state capital since 1837 when Abraham Lincoln and eight other legislators pushed to have it moved to Springfield from Vandalia. - More Info Tags: Springfield Illinois

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