Introduction to De Soto, Missouri
De Soto, Missouri, in Jefferson county, is located 37 miles SW of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is part of the Saint Louis metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 6,375 people reside in De Soto.
De Soto History
The city of De Soto was named after a Spanish explorer named Hernando De Soto. It was incorporated in the year 1869. Previously a part of the Louisiana territory, the city was transferred from France to Spain and again back to France in the year 1803. It was also known as "Fountain City" because of the numerous artesian wells spread across the city. The first rail depot of the area was built in the year 1859, which marked the beginning of the development of the city.
De Soto and nearby Attractions
- Robertsville State Park
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Jefferson Barracks Historical Park
- Museum of Westward Expansion
- Saint Louis Holocaust Museum
Things To Do In De Soto
Tourists can enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking, boating at the Robertsville State Park. The city also includes several historic sites such as the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site and the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, which display memorabilia of the city’s past. Saint Louis Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Westward Expansion are the two other major tourist attractions.
De Soto Transportation
The Lambert - Saint Louis International Airport is few miles away.
De Soto Higher Education
Saint Louis Community College, Saint Louis University, Southwestern Illinois College, University of Missouri, Washington University in Saint Louis, and Webster University offer scopes for higher education.