August 22, 1876

On this date, St. Louis City and St. Louis County separated and became politically independent from each other. As with most relationships, things were fine between the two entities until arguments arose over money and power. City residents voted to separate from the county, which was struggling financially. Several initiatives have been pursued by area leaders to have the city re-enter the county, but thus far have failed to achieve that outcome.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross have authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.