Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclede Linguest who received a land grant from the king of France. He and his 13 year old scout, Auguste Chouteau, chose this site as a fur trading post. Those two names are certainly still very prominent today.
KSDK posted two photos yesterday in recognition of this birthday and they are both absolutely gorgeous pictures. Sadly the name of the photographer or photographers are not mentioned, they deserve it.