La Petite Rocher Quickfacts: known as a “historical place” (not incorporated) alternate name: Little Rock or Little Rock Landing was apparently a rail station for the St. Louis to Memphis line, in between White Sand and Ste. Genevieve Quicklinks: History (including images) Maps Various Newspaper Articles History:         Originally, the name to this landing on the river was Little Rock.  However, the name on my map today is Thomure.          The name Little Rock came from a rock that protruded out into the river about 15 to 20 feet.  The rock no longer exists, however, because it was declared a hazard and was dynamited out.3Read More →

Quickfacts: Telephone exchange: 883-xxxx Zip code: 63670 (63661 acceptable, PO Box only) Township: Ste. Genevieve Namesake: according to a translator, Offenburg is German for "Open Castle" Was settled by 1840…. New Offenburg First Baptist Church     On March 14, 1959, after a religious survey of the New Offenburg community, the Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, with pastor Rev. J. R. Wagoner, voted to sponsor a Baptist mission at New Offenburg, MO     On April 5, 1959, with four people present, services were begun in a small green-shingled 14’x20′ building, Grace Chapel, that for an umber of years had been the meeting place of other religious denominations,Read More →

Nouvelle Bourbon History:         New Bourbon was established in 1793 and was located about two miles south of the city of Ste. Genevieve.  It was created to be a special settlement for French Royalist families living in exile.  In command was Pierre Charles DeHault Delassus de Luziere, who was of nobility.  Jean Rene Guiho, Lord of Kelgand, and Jacques DeMun (father of August DeMun) were others of nobility to live in New Bourbon at some time.  However, because many more of the nobility never made it there and many others left after only a short time, citizens of Ste. Genevieve began to show interest inRead More →

Quickfacts: Telephone exchange: 883-xxxx Zip code: 63670 (Ste. Genevieve) Township: Ste. Genevieve Population: 614 Location: Highway A & Zell Rd Quicklinks: History of the Zell area The Church: St. Joseph’s Catholic The Cemetery: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church History         Zell was first settled in 1798 when 1000 arpents [a French measurement of land, similar to an acre] of land were granted to Pierre Charles Dehault Delassus Deluziere, he called it the Prarie Gautier Tract.  In 1819, this land, after Pierre’s death was sold to his son, Charles Dehault Delassus (upon the closing of Pierre’s estate by Marie Philipe LeDuc), and was soon sold again toRead More →

Township: Ste. Genevieve Namesake: Weingarten is German for exactly what it sounds like: Wine Garden History of Weingarten According to an “unknown source” Some of the early Germans settled in Ste. Genevieve by the 1830’s and 1840’s.  More emigrants made their way up the Mississippi and started their way west, including many German farmers who settled at Zell.  As land kept filling up, they slowly moved West.  By 1840, they had settled New Offenburg and Weingarten.  Some of the first farmers were granted large tracts of land from the government.  Records show the names of John Grither, David Vaeth (1844), Andrew Muessig (1849), and more.Read More →

Viva La Ste. Genevieve! above: Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO For more information on events, attractions, places to eat & stay, etc.  Please see the "Visiting" link on the left menu. Or to schedule a group tour, call the Great River Road Interpretive Center (Ste. Genevieve Tourist Info) at 573.883.7097.Read More →

The information age Telephone numbers, 1900 A view down Main Street, about 1908   Ste. Genevieve Telephone Numbers, July 21, 1900 From the Ste. Genevieve Fair Play. TELEPHONE SYSTEM. ———- Ste. Genevieve Directory Arranged Alphabetically–Call By Number. 48. Andre Dr. V. J. 13. Biel C. H. & Co. 26. Boverie Mercantile Co. 11. Boverie John, (Residence) 31. Boverie Edward, (Residence.) 30. Brewery. 47. Burgert Charles. 39. Carssow Drug Co. 29. City Mills. 33. Court House. 27. Hinch & Douglas’ Drug Store. 17. Huck Peter, (Residence.) 38. Herzog & Wipfler. 15. Hertich Dr. C. J. (Residence.) 10. Jokerst Brothers & Yealy. 45. Jokerst Francis, (Residence) 46.Read More →

Missouri becomes a state Politicians & Laws The War of 1812 and the Civil War – as told by Firmin A. Rozier – moved to the Wartime section More on the Civil War – moved to the Wartime section Holy Cross Lutheran Church A Closing from Firmin A. Rozier Missouri Becomes a State In 1805, the area people petitioned for territory borders, appointment of officers (who would live nearby), records to be in both English and French, and funds for school establishment and upkeep.  So, in July of 1807, Merriwether Lewis came as the first governor of Missouri.  The territory of Missouri was officially formed. Read More →

From the Louisiana Purchase to the turn-of-the-century From France to Spain to France to America Ste. Genevieve Schools The Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve Then continued in Part II. Return to France, then to America         We’ve all heard it a million times in our history classes.  But for repetition’s sake, let’s mention that in 1800, France regained possession of the Louisiana Territory.  They had lost it to Spain in 1762/1763.  Napoleon, looking for some quick cash, then sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States, in 1803.  Of course, the United States had become a country only 25 years before.  Now, Ste. Genevieve, fullRead More →

Le vieux village de Ste. Genevieve Quickfacts: Telephone exchange: 883-xxxx Zip code: 63670 Township: Ste. Genevieve Population: 4,476 Quicklinks: Our Namesake Pre-History – in a nutshell The Founders The Founding Early Living Some "Firsts" The First Church First Military Actions Flood!!! Ste. Genevieve in the Revolutionary War – information now moved to the "Wartime" section. Our Namesake: Ste. Genevieve            "For our knowledge of St Genevieve we depend upon a Life which purports to have been written by a contemporary shortly after her death. Its authenticity, denied by some authorities, is defended by others. The layman may accept it at least provisionally. She certainly livedRead More →