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Historic South Main

Founded in 1769 by French Canadian Louis Blanchette, St. Charles is the oldest town on the Missouri River.  As the jumping off place for explorers, traders and immigrants going west, St. Charles quickly grew into a thriving riverfront trading town.  Taverns, stables, blacksmith and wheelwright shops were more numerous than other frontier towns.  As steamboats started to move up the Missouri River, additional docks and warehouses were needed.  The railroad added yet another dimension with a depot and other facilities. 

The First State Capitol of Missouri is the "cornerstone" of Historic Main Street.  As you walk along South Main you will see a variety of architectural styles including French Colonial, Federal and new blend of architecture flavored with French and German influences. 

Walk in the footsteps of early pioneers as you shop and dine in the ambiance of history.

Of Special Interest 

 South Main is the largest designated Historic District in the state of Missouri featuring
88 restored buildings dating from 1790 to the late 1800s. 

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