Incorporated in 1869, the City of De Soto is a third-class city with a population of 6,375 which utilizes the Council-Manager form of government.
The City of De Soto is located in the
southeastern part of Missouri, approximately 45
miles south of St. Louis. De Soto is in
Jefferson County, which is one of the fastest
growing counties in Missouri.
De Soto was part of the Louisiana Territory and was transferred from France to Spain and back to France again and in 1803 was sold to the United States. During that same year, Isaac Van Metre came to the place that was later named De Soto and erected a cabin. A marker now stands to commemorate the first log cabin built in De Soto.
In 1859, the St. Louis Iron Mountain Railroad built a Depot. Later named the Missouri Pacific Railroad, it established a major rail car repair facility in De Soto.
The city is known as "Fountain City" because of the numerousartesian wells. Water from these wells and springs was bottled and shipped by tank car to the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis
The De Soto Public
Library has been serving
the De Soto community
since its beginning in
1935. It is supported by
a tax voted by the
people living within the
De Soto city limits.
Soto Missouri Adopt's
Complete Streets Policy.
Mission of the De Soto
73 School District is to
ensure learning, growth,
and success for all
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If you reside within the city limits of De Soto, Festus, Herculaneum and Pevely, check their websites for a CodeRed Sign up link. Should you at anytime desire to be removed from the calling list, you can do so by calling Jefferson County 911 at 636-797-9797 ext 301.
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Governor Jay Nixon
A native of De Soto, Missouri, Jay Nixon was
raised in a family of public servants.
His mother, the late Betty Nixon, was a
teacher and served as president of the local
school board. His father, Jerry Nixon, was elected mayor of De Soto and was a judge for the community.
Growing up in a home with these strong
examples, Nixon learned at a young age that
faith and family come first – and giving back to
the community comes next.
It is a philosophy that has guided him
throughout his career in public service.
In the Spring of 2010, Trailnet partnered with De Soto to develop a plan to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in and around the city.
The De Soto Bikeable Walkable Community Plan will provide a blueprint for the development of bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the city, making it safer and easier to reach local destinations, including parks, schools, and commercial areas. Read more