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Encyclopedia > Chesterfield, Missouri

Chesterfield is an affluent suburb in western St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 46,635 as of 2006[1] St. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...

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Geography

Chesterfield is located at 38°39′12″N, 90°33′15″W (38.653402, -90.554255)GR1. Adapted from Wikipedias MO county maps by Catbar. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 84.8 km² (32.7 mi²). 81.6 km² (31.5 mi²) of it is land and 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²) of it (3.73%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Portions of Chesterfield are located in the floodplain of the Missouri River, now known as Chesterfield Valley, formerly Gumbo Flats. This area was submerged during the Great Flood of 1993; higher levees built since then have lead to extensive commercial development in the valley. Chesterfield Valley is the location of Spirit of Saint Louis Airport, used for corporate aviation, as well as the longest outdoor strip mall in America [1]. The remainder of Chesterfield is located on the bluffs above the floodplain, and includes residential and retail development. This picture shows the flood plain following a 1 in 10 year flood on the Isle of Wight. ... The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... The Great Flood of 1993 was a major flood that occurred in the American Midwest, along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and their tributaries, from April to October of 1993. ... “Precipice” redirects here. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 46,802 people, 18,060 households, and 13,111 families residing in the city. The population density was 573.5/km² (1,485.4/mi²). There were 18,738 housing units at an average density of 229.6/km² (594.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.30% White, 1.86% African American, 0.12% Native American, 5.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 18,060 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $83,802, and the median income for a family was $102,987. Males had a median income of $74,934 versus $39,217 for females. The per capita income for the city was $43,288. About 1.8% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


History

The present day city of Chesterfield is made up of several smaller historical communities, including:

  • Bellefontaine (French for, "beautiful spring"),or as the locals called it, "Hilltown", dates to about 1837 with the arrival of August Hill. The first post office was established as Bellemonte ("beautiful mountain") in 1851. Eighteen years later, in 1869, the town and post office name were both changed to Bellefontaine. Rinkel's Market was a familiar landmark for years, at the intersection of present day Olive Blvd. and Chesterfield Parkway (where Uno Pizzeria is now).
  • The town of Lake started out as "Hog Hollow", in about 1850. The post office was established as Hog Hollow, in 1871; but a year later the town's name was changed, to what some thought was the more suitable name of Lake. Zierenberg's General Merchandise and Saloon (built around 1880), was a well known landmark, at the 18- mile marker on Olive Street Road. The original structure was destroyed by fire in 1918. It was replaced by the still existing structure, on the same site (Olive Blvd. and Hog Hollow Road).
  • Gumbo is located in the valley at the present intersection of Chesterfield Airport Road and Long Road. A notable landmark (until it was razed in 1998), was the old Twenty Five Mile House - so named because of its distance from downtown St.Louis. Gumbo's name derived from its soil, which though very rich and silty, when wet became gumbo mud. A substance very similar to gravel was made from Gumbo mud and used for streets and sidewalks in Forest Park during the 1904 World's Fair. Gumbo's post office operated from 1882 to 1907.
  • Monarch (earlier called Atherton, then Eatherton), was one of the settlements that sprang up along the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific rail line, when it came through the valley in the late 1870s. William Sutton's General Store stood on the northwest corner of Eatherton and Centaur Roads. Their post office operated from 1895 to 1907, when the mail was transferred to Chesterfield. A well known residence in Monarch was named "The Shadows"; it still survives, with a commanding view from its bluff site.
  • Bonhomme had a colorful life. The name is French for, "good man". This small community, at the extreme western end of Olive Street Road, was close to the Howell's Ferry landing. It had a blacksmith shop, grist mill, store, post office and Fenn's saw mill; but it was all washed away in the late 1800s by the Missouri River. Bonhomme was a popular name in St.Louis County; with Bonhomme streets, roads, creeks, churches and townships still so-named. However, this Bonhomme is the only one that ever had its own post office.

Law Enforcement

The City of Chesterfield is served by the three-time Internationally Accredited Chesterfield Police Department.


The Chesterfield Police Department is responsible for police services to the city twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is accomplished with a staff of ninety-five full time and fourteen reserve personnel working from the main police headquarters located at 690 Chesterfield Parkway West. In addition, six "Sub-stations" are maintained at strategic locations throughout the City.


Recently the Chesterfield Police Department purchased two Segway Personal Transporter machines which help them better patrol Chesterfield Commons (The Valley) and Westfield Chesterfield Mall.


Religion

The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem is a clerical institute of consecrated life in the Catholic Church, founded in 2002 in the Diocese of La Crosse, and currently located in Chesterfield, Missouri, in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. ...

Attractions

Faust Park contains playground, historical village, walking trail, carousel, and the Sachs Butterfly House, which opened in 1998.

  • A bust of Patrick M Schumacker, who was born in the area and graduated from the Saint Louis Priory School (1998), was erected in 2005 as a tribute to his contributions to Motion Picture Entertainment. The monument will be complimented with a swan pond and small green for picnicking.

The Saint Louis Priory School, a Roman Catholic secondary day school for boys, is located in suburban St. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Encyclopedia: Chesterfield, Missouri (233 words)
Chesterfield further preserves its heritage in the form of the Faust Park Historic Village, and the 1997 acquisition of the remaining 102 acres of the original Leicester Faust Estate.
Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state of the United States with Jefferson City as its capital.
Chesterfield further preserves its heritage in the form of the Faust Park Historic Village, and the 1997 acquisition of the remaining 102 acres (413,000 m²) of the original Leicester Faust Estate.
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