Potosi City Hall
         121 East High Street
         Potosi, Missouri 63664
         573-438-2767
     

 

Potosi is located in the scenic rolling hills of east-central Missouri.  The current population was forecast at approximately 2800 citizens at the mid-census update in 2005, the community continues to grow. It is the county seat of Washington County. The city was founded in 1763 by a group of French settlers and was later chartered by Moses Austin in 1799 and was named after the Bolivian silver-mining city of Potosí. An interesting footnote in Potosi history is the community has had three names - originally Mine Au Breton, then briefly St. George and finally the chartered name of "Potosi".

A lead mining settlement at this spot, Mine au Breton, was founded between 1760 and 1780 by Francis Azor, of Brittany, France. Moses Austin came here in 1798 with his family, including his son Stephen F. Austin, realizing this was the richest known lead deposit in the world. He obtained a grant of 7,153 arpents of land from the Spanish Empire and started large-scale mining operations, building his town to support it. He named the town after Potosí in Bolivia, which was famous for its vast silver mines. Austin's tomb and the foundation of his home Durham Hall can still be seen.

Potosi has had a rich and colorful history that can still be felt and seen as you visit the community's streets. A variety of historical homes and buildings are still present to this day in the town. The oldest home in Potosi is the "Weber-Russ House" and was used as the Headquarters for the community's Bicentennial which was held in 1963. Potosi is getting ready to celebrate its 250 anniversary as a community in 2013.

 

     Caledonia City Hall
   
PO Box 100
   Caledonia, MO   63631
   (573) 779-3492

 

Caledonia is a village in the southern portion of Washington County. The population was 158 at the 2000 Census. The village was founded in 1819 by Mr. Alexander Craighead and is named after the Roman Empire's Latin name for Scotland. Caledonia has a rich source of history; with 33 properties on the Federal Historical Registry. It has the oldest continuous Masonic Lodge (Tyro #12) west of the Mississippi River, the oldest Presbyterian congregation west of the Mississippi River. It had the one and only college ever in Washington County; the Methodist's founded Bellevue Collegiate Institute in 1865 until 1902.

The Caledonia Community Betterment organization has been operating in the village since 1963 and recently celebrated 45 years of service to the village. 

Caledonia is proud to have a Belgrade State Bank facility, the Caledonia United Methodist Church, the Bellevue Valley Historical Society, several antique & gift shops, a village park with pavilion and nice clean restaurants. Caledonia will be celebrating 190 years this year.

Caledonia's formal website is http://www.caledoniamo.org.

 


 

Mineral Point began with the railroad spur that was used for mining and timber. The community at one time was called "Mineral Springs". Mineral Point is located just east of Potosi and with a small community for "in town" the mailing address and zip code for the Mineral Point Post Office covers several square miles in Washington County. The City of Mineral Point offers city utilities and has an aldermanic government base. The local Head Start is headquarted in Mineral Point in the former Mineral Point School building.

         Mineral Point Town Hall
         702 State Street
         Mineral Point, Missouri 63660
         573-438-3487

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Irondale, Missouri has a long and rich history, being a community for over 100 years before being incorporated. The community began with the strong interest in the mineral deposits that are throughout the area geographically. Irondale began around 1806 and is approximately 70 miles south of St. Louis. The community lies just northeast of Hughes Mountain.  Irondale was a thriving community with a great and varied industrial base.  Mills and mining dotted the landscape and a railroad spur helped increase the activity as well. The community was blocked and plotted to establish the town in the eighteen hundreds. Irondale wasn't always Irondale, at the turn of the century - 1900's - the postal service got the named changed to "Savoy" because they had confusion with their mail and the community of Ironton. The community overall was not happy with the change and reverted back to Irondale and incorporated the community in 1908.  The City of Irondale has been home to Unico Bank (started as Irondale Bank), a local favorite - the Blue Haven Restaurant, Moore Funeral Home (formerly Gum & Son), and the Irondale Market. The City has an aldermanic government base with a City Hall and elected officials.

 

      Irondale City Hall
      110 South Oak Street
      Irondale, Missouri 63648
      573-749-3223