About Des Peres, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
It is believed to be the oldest white settlement in Missouri: it was established by the French on December 3, 1700. Its first name was Saint Francis Xavier.
Later named Des Peres, it changed to Hathaway City in the mid 1800s, but returned to its original name in 1876. The first post office opened then, closing in 1903.
The name: Des Peres
The words are French and mean "The Fathers", after the first settlers which were members of a Catholic order. They came from the River des Peres and moved into Missouri to better lands.
This is a Map of the town.
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Weather in Des Peres
Des Peres has four well marked seasons. It is located in the area where humid continental climate shifts towards a humid subtropical climate, so summers are hot and humid while winters are cold. It gets cold Arctic air and hot damp tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. Spring is wet and may have extreme weather (tornados, thunderstorms and even winter storms). Fall is sunny and less humid, with mild weather.
Rainfall averages around 41 in. (1.041 mm). The most rainy months are from May through July with more than 4 in per month (100 mm). Snow falls from Nov. to Apr.: 17.8 in. (45 cm). Relative humitiy is on average 69.7% roughl the whole year.
The average winter high (Jan) is a chilly 39.9°F (4.4°C) and the winter low is on average 23.7°F (-4.6°C). The summer (Jul) average high is 89.1°F (31.7°C) and the average low is 71°F (21.7°C).
Des Peres is inside Missouri's "Tornado Alley" and St. Louis County has around 7 tornados each year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along U.S. 66.
Getting to Des Peres
Reach Des Peres driving the historic 1926 - 1932 Route 66 now known as Missouri State Highway 100, or use Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, I-55 and I-64 cross the area.
Map of Route 66 through Des Peres Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Des Peres:
(for the other parts of Missouri, check the color key in the corresponding city's web page)
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment west of Gray Summit. East of Gray Summit is the post-1932 road.
Red line or gaps in alignment, is I-40, where it overlaps the old alignment.
Blue and Green show different things which you should check at each town's individual maps. Route 66 segments
Orange: the 1926-32 aligment through St. Louis.
Black: missing segments.
Learn more on the different Route 66's alignments through St. Louis.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Des Peres
Route 66 across Missouri
Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Missouri.
Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.
1926 Map of Route 66 from St. James to St. Louis, Missouri, notice that this first map calls it "US 60", instead of US 66 (read more about this: Route 66 was born as US 60). Des Peres is in the middle of the map on the "black" line.
Route 66 Sights in Des Peres
Landmarks and Places to See
Village General Store
12247 Manchester Rd, Des Peres
The Village Bar in Des Peres and the store next to it, have been standing next to Manchester Rd. since the turn of the last century. The two storey home was owned by Joseph Diem, and he ran a General Store there on the north side of Manchester.
The old general store is now the "Custome Wig Shoppe". Below are a "Then and Now" series of images:
Building from ca 1900, Des Peres MO
Old General Store in Des Peres MO
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.