When St. Louis County was first formed in 1812, it included the City of St. Louis. It was in 1876 that the city residents, about 350,000 of them, wanted to separate from the rural part of the county and its 30,000 residents. The city residents didn't want to have to pay for the all of the roads and other improvements that the county was beginning to need. The county residents didn't want to separate. A vote was held and it was passed. That vote to separate was upheld in court and St. Louis City offically separated from St. Louis County with the City becoming an independent and separate county.
Today, St. Louis County is made up of 90 separate communities as well as unincorporated areas covering 524 square miles. Those communities, being geographically located in the county, are then referred to as being in either North St. Louis County, South St. Louis County, West St. Louis County or Mid St. Louis County. For information on all of the St. Louis County communities, go to our St. Louis County Missouri Communities page.
The eastern boundary of St. Louis County begins at the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers and Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in the north and then goes south to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and Interstate 270 then follows along an imaginary line between the County and the City that starts at the Mississippi River and forms somewhat of a semi-circle around the city and runs southward back to the Mississippi River ending at the River Des Peres. The Mississippi River becomes the eastern boundary again for the County and ends at the confluence of the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers in the south. To the north, the Missouri River becomes the entire northern boundary for St. Louis County between its northern neighbor, St. Charles County, and ends at the imaginary straight line which is the western boundary between St. Louis County and Franklin County to the west. That line lies several miles west of Babler Memorial State Park and continues south running just east of St. Albans and then lies several miles west of Fox Creek Road in Wildwood and then cuts through the City of Pacific and then ends at the Meramec River. The southern boundary of St. Louis County follows the course of the Meramec River eastward until the river goes under Interstate 44 at Eureka. At that point the boundary then becomes an imaginary straight line between St. Louis County to the north and Jefferson County to the south and runs all the way to where it meets the Meramec River again and follows the river's course to where it empties into the Mississippi River.
St. Louis County is served by many public school districts and private elementary schools and high schools. Some of the many school districts that are in the county are Hazelwood, Rockwood, Parkway, Kirkwood, Mehlville, Ferguson-Florissant, Lindbergh and Clayton. The county is also rich in a wide variety of historic landmarks and attractions. Some of them include Six Flags-St. Louis, Hollywood Casino, Creve Coeur Memorial Lake Park, the Butterfly House at Faust Park, the Hawken House, the Museum of Transportation, Hidden Valley Ski Resort and many more!
Below is a list of many of the high schools, attractions, parks and other things that can be found in St. Louis County Missouri.