Portage Des Sioux, Missouri

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Portage Des Sioux is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The town sits on the Mississippi River roughly opposite Elsah, Illinois, and is the home of the riverside shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers. The population was 367 at the 2007 census. The city was founded in 1799 by Spanish Lt. Gov. Zenon Trudeau and François Saucier in reaction to American plans to build a military post about twelve miles (19 km) downstream. The French name derives from the overland escape route between the Missouri River and Mississippi River used by a band of Sioux, fleeing enemies; they used this area as a portage for their canoes, outdistancing their rivals who instead paddled all of the way to the confluence of the rivers.

The Treaties of Portage des Sioux in 1815 were signed here ostensibly settling Native American and United States conflicts in the War of 1812. The treaties consolidated affirmed the Treaty of St. Louis (1804) in which the Sac and Fox ceding northeast Missouri and much of Illinois and Wisconsin and the 1808 Treaty of Fort Clark in which the Osage Nation ceded all of Missouri and Arkansas. The results were to ultimately result in the Black Hawk War and the tribes being forced to move west of Missouri.

Portage Des Sioux was also one of the main film sites for the TV reality show on the CW a Farmer Wants a Wife (the farmer in the 2008 season, also lives in Portage Des Sioux).



Portage Des Sioux is located at 38°55′35″N 90°20′35″W / 38.92639°N 90.34306°W / 38.92639; -90.34306 (38.926348, -90.342982)[3]. Because of the meandering course of the Mississippi River, and consequently the Missouri-Illinois boundary, Portage Des Sioux has the unusual feature that if one travels due North, South, East or West from it, one leaves Missouri and enters Illinois.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (7.84%) is water.

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