Introduction to Des Peres, Missouri
Des Peres, Missouri, in St. Louis county, is located 8 miles W of St. Louis, Missouri. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Saint Louis metropolitan area with. Des Pere’s population is approximately 8,592.
Des Peres History
Des Peres City derived its name from a French word meaning 'fathers.' The city was named after the river Des Peres, which ran through the town. The Michigamea, Moingwena, Tamaora and Kaskaskia Native Americans were the first settlers in this area. The first Europeans settled in this area in the early 1800s. By 1850, the city’s population increased to 75,000.
Des Peres and nearby Attractions
- Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
- Saint Louis Holocaust Museum
- Castlewood State Park
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Jefferson Barracks Historical Park
- Frank Holten State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Des Peres
The Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park are accessible from Des Peres. Recreational parks include the Frank Holten State Recreation Area and the Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Des Peres Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport.
Des Peres Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include Washington University, the Maryville University of Saint Louis Principia College and Webster University.