St. Charles, Missouri: Les Petites Cotes

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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. ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738561059
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 970,856
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 In the Beginning 11

2 Many Firsts 17

3 Life on the River 25

4 Churches and Schools 37

5 Defending Town and Country 51

6 Business as Usual 61

7 Life and Times in St. Charles 77

8 Disaster Strikes 97

9 Main Street, U.S.A. 113

10 St. Charles Today 123

Bibliography 126

About St. Charles County Historical Society 127

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  • Posted November 9, 2014

    In St. Charles: Les Petites Cotes, Dianna and Don Graveman have

    In St. Charles: Les Petites Cotes, Dianna and Don Graveman have captured, in photos and in narrative, the history and spirit of St. Charles, Missouri, once known as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills). I’ve known co-author Dianna Graveman for many years and was excited when I first heard she and her husband were writing this book. And I was thrilled when my generous friend made sure I received a copy.

    St. Charles is the Missouri River town where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark rendezvoused in 1804 before embarking on their journey of discovery as part of the Louisiana Purchase’s westward expansion. As a native Missourian and St. Charles County resident interested in local history, I thought I knew a lot about this area. But after reading the Gravemans’ book, I learned fascinating details about the past and present of a region that played a vital role in America’s westward expansion.

    Thoughtfully organized with photos and captions, the book tells the story of St. Charles as it has changed over the centuries. Several memorable photos show a simpler time on Main Street, life on the river, and landmark churches and schools. Other powerful and striking images depict the first lawful hanging in St. Charles and train and bridge accidents and tornado damage that altered the fabric of the city.

    St. Charles: Les Petites Cotes has a prominent spot on my bookshelf. Rich in detail, full of surprises, and pleasing to the eye, this book reveals an unvarnished image of one of America’s historic cities.

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