There is a wealth of history in the counties surrounding St. Louis City and County on the Missouri side of the Mississippi. This category will probably expand more in the future.
St. Charles County
St. Charles County has long been one of the oldest settled parts of the state, and its county seat, St. Charles, was once the state capital of Missouri. While there has been a vast amount of suburbanization in the triangle in between I-70, Highway 40 and the Missouri River, there are still plenty of historic buildings and towns, such as Femme Osage, that give an impression of the rich history of the county.
To the west of St. Louis County, Franklin County is still largely rural, with stunning views of the Missouri River and rolling hills dotted with farmhouses. The planned community of St. Alban’s, built around the small town of the same name on the former Brown Estate, sits on the ridges of the hills above the river.
Jefferson County is due south of St. Louis County, south of the Meramec River. Its rolling hills, demonstrating its role as the foothills of the Ozarks, conceal many fascinating sites and buildings. While much of the northern third of the county has seen suburbs develop, most of the county remains rural.
West of St. Charles County, and north of Franklin County, increasingly suburban Warren County has long had a rich history of German Lutheran settlement along the Missouri River. While the I-70 corridor is increasingly more crowded, the rugged terrain keeps much of the scenery around the old German settlements much as it has been for the last two hundred years.