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Saint Charles, Missouri

MTS is located right across the street from the Eco Park and entrance to the Katy Trail State Park and also the Eco Park City Trails along the wooded West Bank of the Missouri. We are also immediately South of the Boeing Saint Charles MO, production and design complex on Highway 94. Katy Trail, an old Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad right-of-way that has been converted to a pedestrian and bicycle trail. The Katy
Trail is 237.7 mi (382.5 km) in length.

The St. Charles Historic District is a national historic district located at St. Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri. It is the site of the first permanent European settlement on the Missouri River and of the embarkation of Lewis and Clark's journey of exploration along the Missouri. 

St. Charles was founded in 1769 as Les Petites Cotes ("The Little Hills") on the banks of the Missouri River.

St. Charles was the home and is the final resting place of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (also spelled Point de Sable, Point au Sable, Point Sable, Pointe DuSable) who is regarded as the first permanent non-Indigenous settler of what later became Chicago, Illinois, and is recognized as the "Founder of Chicago". A school, museum, harbor, park, and bridge have been named in his honor. The site where he settled near the mouth of the Chicago River around the 1780s is identified as a National Historic Landmark, now located in Pioneer Court.

Point du Sable was of African descent but little else is known of his life prior to the 1770s. Described as handsome and well educated, Point du Sable married a Native American woman, Kitiwaha, and they had two children. In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, he was arrested by the British military on suspicion of being an American sympathizer. In the early 1780s he worked for the British lieutenant-governor of Michilimackinac on an estate at what is now the city of St. Clair, Michigan.

St. Charles was also an active port during the steamboat era of Mark Twain's writing, and many sections of St. Charles have been restored to their original construction and provide a window into this time in history.

Now, St. Charles is a great place to relax and recreate, and of course, is a wonderful and productive place to work. You are cordially invited to visit our city.

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