Wellston, Missouri

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Wellston is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, along the northwest border of the City of St. Louis. The population was 2,460 at the 2000 census.

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History

Wellston was incorporated as a city in 1909; due to "government difficulties" the city was dissolved three years later, only to be reestablished in 1949.[3] The city was named for Erastus Wells. [4]

During the early 1900s, the Wagner Electric Company, a manufacturer of small motors for appliances and transformers began development along Plymouth Avenue in Wellston, growing to occupy the entire block and providing 4,500 jobs during World War I.[3] North of the Wagner site, ABEX Corporation built a steel foundry that began operation in 1923.[3]

In 1982 ABEX moved out of its Wellston location; the next year, the Wagner Electric Company closed its doors.[3] After closure, it took 22 years, and millions of dollars in tax credits and development grants, for the St. Louis County Economic Council to demolish five buildings and clean up 15 acres (6.1 ha) of the Wagner brownfield land along the MetroLink so that it could be made marketable as the Plymouth Industrial Park.[5]

Geography

Wellston is located at 38°40′22″N 90°17′32″W / 38.67278°N 90.29222°W / 38.67278; -90.29222 (38.672851, -90.292237)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

Transportation

Wellston has several major roads within its boundaries, including Missouri Route 180, Missouri Route 340, SR-D, and Skinker Parkway.

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