Fenton, Missouri

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Fenton is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a suburb of St. Louis. The population was 4,285 in the estimated July 2008 census.[1]



Due to its proximity to fertile land and the Meramec River, the Fenton area has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. The earliest proof of ancient dwellers was excavated from the "Fenton Mounds," two conical, earthen burial mounds located near the southwestern border of the City of Fenton. Diagnostic pottery shards from the mounds indicate they date from the Mississippian Times, A.D. 1050 - 1400.[4] In 2001, the mounds were leveled for construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.[5]

The Fenton territory was occupied by native Americans and early settlers in the 1770s. William Lindsay Long founded the city of Fenton on March 23, 1818. The original eight square block area is now referred to as "Old Towne Fenton." [6]


Fenton is located at 38°31′41″N 90°26′39″W / 38.52806°N 90.44417°W / 38.52806; -90.44417 (38.527953, -90.444195)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (4.66%) is water.

The topography of the Fenton area is predominated by rolling hills.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,360 people, 1,587 households, and 1,239 families residing in the city. The population density was 710.7 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 1,631 housing units at an average density of 265.9/sq mi (102.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.98% White, 0.39% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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