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Situated along Interstate Highways 64 and 70, between Lake St. Louis and St. Peters, the city of O’Fallon is in St. Charles County, in central-east Missouri. O’Fallon is the largest city in the county and the seventh largest in the state. Settlers, including many German immigrants, began arriving in the area that was to become O’Fallon after the War of 1812, and the city was developed in the 1850s. Arnold Krekel, a German immigrant, founded a German language newspaper in St. Charles County, and invested in the North Missouri Railroad, becoming a district court judge and state legislator. His younger brother, Nicholas, built the first house in O’Fallon, and is generally recognized as its founder, having served as the town’s first postmaster and station agent, operating O’Fallon’s first general store from his home, a building that still stands. Judge Krekel gave permission to the railroad to build a depot on his property in O’Fallon, as well as a right-of-way on what he called the Krekel Addition, naming the station for his friend, John O’Fallon, the railroad’s president. In 1860, the Krekel Addition became O’Fallon, and the city was incorporated in 1912.

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