This little town out outside of St.Louis certainly has been the most written about in all of my postings! I just noted that as I did a quick scan of all of my postings. Part of the reason is that it is where we usually park our home while we are visiting friends and family in St. Louis. Another reason is that it is an easy walk down the Katy Trail and over to the Main Street of St.Charles from our home. And quite possibly by now many of my readers know of my penchant for American history, as well as beautiful gardens!
The middle building in the picture above is the old Benne Building. The first building was built in 1840, in 1882 it was replaced. It has been the home of many businesses including a bakery, machine shop, newspaper publishing company and a post office. It was also a pork house- history has it that 3-5,000 hogs were unloaded from train cars behind the building into pig pens. They were eventually butchered and processed on the site. While walking Main Street I certainly enjoy imaging what St.Charles looked like in the late 1800s. It started out as a boom town due to the presence of the railroad, and as I have mentioned before, from 1821 to 1826 Missouri's first state capitol was located on Main Street.