Des Peres, Missouri

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Des Peres (French: Des Pères) is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,592 at the 2000 census.

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History

The first inhabitants of Des Peres, Missouri were the Cahokia, the Kaskaskia, the Michigamea, the Moingwena, and the Tamaora Native American Tribes.[3]

The Osage Tribe was the living in the area around Des Peres. The Osage were members of the Dhegiha Sioux group of tribes. This group also included the Ponca tribe, Quapaw tribe, Kansas tribe, and Omaha tribe.

People of European descent began settling in Des Peres in the 1800s. By 1850, there were 75,000 people living in St. Louis. Des Peres was mainly settled by German immigrants and southerners from Virginia and the Carolinas who were drawn to the area by the farmland sold off by the United States Government in 80-to-160-acre (32 to 65 ha) tracts.[4]

Des Peres got its name from River Des Peres whose tributaries, Deer Creek and Two Mile Creek, ran through the town. The name Des Peres is a French term which means "of the Fathers."

In 1834 a small church, The Des Peres Presbyterian Church, now known as St. Paul's Lutheran of Des Peres, was built on Maddoy Road now known as Ballas Road.[5]

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