History of Wentzville - Wentzville, MO
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N 38° 48.697 W 090° 51.045
15S E 686609 N 4298066
Marker is one of the newer additions to the caboose display and site.
Waymark Code: WM16737
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 05/23/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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County of marker: St. Charles County
Location of marker: E. Main St. & caboose display, Wentzville
Erected: 2015

Marker Text:

[Train Locomotive image]

INC. 1872


In 1855, William M. Allen donated land to establish a new community in St. Charles County. Allen laid-out the town, which consisted of a narrow tract of ground seven blocks long, lying east and west, and established a train station to serve the local community. He donated land and money for construction of the railroad and persuaded area farmers to do the same.

The first train arrived in town in 1857, the construction and building of the railroad line was under the direction of Erasmus L. Wentz. He was a principal engineer for the St. Louis, Kansas City and North Missouri Railroad. Presence of the railroad allowed the community to get local agricultural products to other areas, between 1850 and 1880. The area was primarily engaged in growing tobacco.

Wentz assisted Allen in surveying the town lots and streets. He was held in such high esteem by the town settlers and by Allen that they named the town after him. The City of Wentzville was incorporated as a fourth-class city in March 1872.

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