De Soto School District and the City of De Soto are partnering on a plan to create a Civic Center that will fulfill our community’s aspirations to offer creative and enriching amenities and services for all individuals living in our area. In a recent survey of community needs, a Civic Center and Community Pool topped the list.
This project will be paid for utilizing grant monies along with existing tax dollars and other resources from the City and the School District, with no plan to raise taxes. For more information on the proposed De Soto Civic Center, please visit: https://desotocivic.org/
We believe that a Civic Center will enhance our sense of community and serve as a hub for community activity, but we want to hear from you! Please complete this brief survey to help us create the space that everyone can be proud of.
Click on this link to complete the survey by June 30:

Please see the attached information concerning the smoke testing that will begin on June 15th within the City limits of De Soto. Public works will hang door hangers in the affected areas starting June 8th.

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Welcome to the City of De Soto website.  Our city was Incorporated in 1869, the City of De Soto is a third-class city with a population of 6,400 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.

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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 numerous artesian wells. Water from these wells and springs was bottled and shipped by tank car to the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis