Bridgeton, Missouri

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Bridgeton is a city in northwestern St. Louis County, Missouri, serving as a suburb and transport hub within Greater St. Louis. The 2007 population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau was 15,086, down 464 people (3%) from the 2000 census.[3] Portions of Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport are within Bridgeton.[4]

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Location

The populated areas of the city are located between Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport and St. Charles. The Missouri River serves as the city's northwestern boundary. It is centered at 38°45'26" North, 90°25'4" West (38.7573, -90.4179).[5]

The area has long been influenced by its proximity to important local transportation routes, dating back to Native American trails established by the Osage Nation. Many of those trails served as the routes for the first roads in the area, such as Natural Bridge and the historic St. Charles Rock Road, which date back to the days of Spanish, French, and early American settlement. The influence continues today, with the recreational American Discovery Trail passing through the area, and the intersection of I-70 and I-270 adding to air and rail access to make the area a good base for transportation-dependent industries.

According to the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39.5 km²), of which, 14.6 square miles (37.7 km²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.7 sq mi or 4.4%) of it is water.

Early history

Bridgeton has a long and uneven history. Its contact with and settlement by Europeans dates back to the days of the French Illinois Territory. Etienne de Véniard de Bourgmont traveled the area in 1724, on a trail which eventually became the main route between St. Louis and St. Charles.

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