About Rock Hill, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
James Collier Marshal (1804-1864) was a farmer from Worcester County in Maryland and he moved to what is now Rock Hill around 1838. He and his brother eventually owned 900 acres along Manchester Road in what was then Central Township.
The road was improved after 1837 (until then it was an Indian and trapper trail) and widened to 30 ft.
The name was recorded as Rock Hill in 1841 when John Marshal was postmaster. By 1850 the population of Central Township was 1,133. Rock Hill had only 50 residents in 1881.
The town incorporated in 1929, just three years after Route 66 passed through it.
See this Map of the town.
>> Check out the RV campground close by, in Fenton
Weather in Rock Hill
Rainfall is on average, 41 in. (1.041 mm) per year. The wettesty months are from May through July with over 4.1 in monthly (104 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).
Rock Hill has four well marked seasons. Placed in the zone where the humid continental climate becomes a humid subtropical one, its summers are hot and wet and its 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 has mild weather with plenty of sun and is less humid than summer.
Rock Hill is located within Missouri's "Tornado Alley"; St. Louis County is hit by some 7 tornados every year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along U.S. 66.
Getting to Rock Hill
Reach Rock Hill 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 Rock Hill Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Rock Hill:
(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 Rock Hill
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). Rock Hill is in where the "black" line meets St. Louis City.
Route 66 Sights in Rock Hill
Landmarks and Places to See
2830-2876 S McKnight Rd, St. Louis, MO
Originally located on the other side of Manchester Rd., facing north, in 1941 it was moved 450 feet to the north, and across the street to its present location. It moved again, in 1997 to its current site after it was threatened by real estate development.
It was built in 1841 by James C. Marshal and was the first permanent building in what is now Rock Hill. At that time Manchester Road was known as the "Old State Road" and present Rock Hill Road was then "Military Road".
It was the origin of the town, because by 1850 there was a post office, stage coach stop, church, store and school close to it.
See the historic building's Street View.
9243 Manchester Rd.
The oldest continuously operated tavern in St. Louis. It has burgers and bar food. It dates back to 1890, with original elements still in place. Street View
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