Downtown St. Charles happens to be one of the
most historic main streets in all of America.
Join the St. Charles CVB’s guides, in period
dress, on a complimentary walking tour of the
Historic District and a tour of the First
Missouri State Capitol Site. The tour
begins at 10am at 230 South Main Street and
reservations must be made through MACVB.
It all started in 1769 when Louis Blanchette,
a French-Canadian fur trader founded St.
Charles and named it, Les Petite Cotes, French
for "The Little Hills". Today old inns and
buildings still stand as if time has stood
still. Some structures date back to the early
eighteen hundreds when rock was chiseled by
hand and delivered by mule.
St. Charles is also famous for being the
starting point for Lewis
& Clark's great expedition, the
fact is, this was the starting place for
thousands of American's on their journey
westward. This tour will give you an overview
of life as it was in the early days of St.
Charles, when the Boone family, Lewis and
Clark and hundreds of pioneers walked the same
streets as you will walk today. We'll uncover
some of St. Charles' colorful past and visit
lovingly restored buildings along the 18 stops
of the tour.