The original village of Chesterfield remains intact, on Olive Street Road. A tidy, if slightly worn row of houses marks the spot.
Many of the houses now seem to be businesses and offices, judging from the parking lots.
Olive Street Road came all of the way out from the city, and I think it was a plank road that went over to Howell Island and then crossed the Missouri River.
My parents’ neighbor, who grew up in the area when it was rural, said the building above was originally a bank, which makes sense.
The Ascension Roman Catholic church, once a humble little country church, has now blossomed into a much larger congregation.