In the mid 1700s when fur traders rounded a bend in the Missouri River and saw the land before them, they knew it was a good place to make camp and found a city. They were right. St. Charles, Missouri has grown from that small fur trading camp seeing Lewis and Clark off on their great journey, to the first capitol of the State of Missouri becoming a city of 60,000 residents in the fastest growing county in the state. St. Charles indeed has a proud past and promising future.
Due to its proud heritage, St. Charles is home to more than 125 unique crafts and antiques shops, and hosts multiple festivals throughout the year, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually. Yet, St. Charles is a growing community averaging 12 to 15 new businesses each month and is experiencing major additions to the area in the form of a $75 million Convention Center and 300 room hotel, a $150 million expansion to the Ameristar Casino including a 400 room hotel, and a $32 million Performing Arts Center on the expanding campus of Lindenwood University. St. Charles is easily accessible via air or land with St. Louis-Lambert International Airport being seven miles to our east and I-70, a major east-west highway, going through the city.
St. Charles is committed to providing the infrastructure needed for the continued growth and development of the community. Specifically, improvements to major area highways have been completed. Also, an extensive fiber optic system is provided throughout the city. Additionally, within 25 miles there are venues for major league baseball and hockey. The top notch St. Louis Art Museum and Zoo and the world renowned Missouri Botanical Garden are also within that distance from St. Charles.
St. Charles has been and continues to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It has a very strong tradition and sense of commitment to its residents, while at the same time, attracting new citizens to enjoy the wonder life the fur traders began more than 245 years ago.