Dons' musings about O Fallon Mo : A short history of O Fallon MO

A short history of O Fallon MO

St. Charles County, Missouri

O Fallon's history began with Arnold Krekel, a German immigrant, who lived in St. Charles. Krekel founded a German-language newspaper, the St. Charles Democrat, served as a U.S. District Court Judge and Missouri state legislator. In 1854, Judge Krekel granted the North Missouri Railroad permission to build a depot on his property along with a right-of-way on his "Krekel Addition". When the railroad came through, he named the depot O'Fallon Station after John O Fallon, the railroad's first director and a popular St. Louis businessman and philanthropist.

Arnold Krekel never lived in OFallon. Nicholas Krekel, Arnold's younger brother by ten years and considered O'Fallon's first citizen, surveyed and platted the town, built the first house and store in 1856 (which is still standing,) and in 1857 became the first postmaster and stationmaster of the O'Fallon depot. In 1850, the town was renamed O'Fallon.

After the Civil War started much of the fighting occurred in Missouri. In 1861 nearly half of the recorded engagements occurred in the state. Seeking to protect their property a Union regiment was formed consisting of German immigrants led by Lt. Col Arnold Krekel. These men successfully defended the North Missouri Railroad, which was a popular target of Confederate guerillas.

The town flourished as a shipping point on the railroad for farmers in the area as they could produce a surplus and be assured that it would reach market. The railroad also encouraged the establishment of retail business as the railroad could now bring in manufactured products. According to a pamphlet published by the North Missouri Railroad in 1870 O'Fallon "has a population of about 100. It has two dry goods and a grocery store, a hotel, boarding house, steam flourmill, brickyard, broom factory, depot and stockyard, post office and express office."

In 1912 with a population of about 600 The City of O'Fallon was incorporated. In 1956, O'Fallon's 100th anniversary, the census showed the population to be 1,327 people. Like the rest of St. Charles County O'Fallon has grown rapidly in recent years. The 2000 U.S. census put O'Fallon's population at 46,169 people and current figures put the population at over 70,000. The North Missouri Railroad that caused O'Fallon's creation is gone, but the Norfolk Southern Corporation operates on the original line laid out 150 years ago.

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.


Comment balloon 6 commentsDon Rogers • May 08 2008 09:12PM


Very intersting post and I love the widgets you have accumulated. The live traffic at the bottom is sort of addicting. O'Fallon is growing like a weed. I would assume that this has resulted in a pretty nice real estate appreciation as well? Keep it up!
Posted by Chris Compton (RE/MAX Greater Atlanta) about 12 years ago
Great mother-in-law lives in O'Fallon and I have visited several times.......
Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) about 12 years ago

Chris, Thanks for being the first to comment.  In the 15 years that I have been here O'Fallon has grown and grown.   You are right it has resulted in some nice real estate appreciation.  We have slowed some since all of the wonderful press that the industry has received though.

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Julie, Thank you for dropping by and commenting.  Do you get back this way often?  This area is constantly changing.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Pam, I can hardly wait to see what the next census has to say about O'Fallon, we haven't stopped growing for the last 15 years.  Thank you for dropping in and commenting.

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Don, you have been *FEATURED* in my Tuesday Travelogue, thank you for your localism post!

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