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Lemay is an unincorporated town in southern St. Louis County, Missouri, adjacent to the city of St. Louis to the northeast, and to Bella Villa on the northwest. The community was named for Francois Lemai, who ran a ferry across the Meramec River in the early 1800s. Prior to that time, there was a French settlement nearby, of which the area that was to become Lemay was a part, known as Carondelet Commons, which was primarily an agricultural area. A community developed there between the time of the Civil War and the Great Depression, with the highest levels of settlement coming about in the late 1800s, and it gained a name when the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad constructed a railroad depot there, naming it Lemay in 1909. In 1930, a movement began which resulted in other small surrounding communities, such as Luxembrug, Dewey Heights, Longwood and Point Breeze, being identified as part of Lemay, and a post office was established in 1936, which included these communities with Lemay. Today however, Lemay businesses and residents receive their mail through the St. Louis post office.

 

 

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