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Bounded by the Mississippi River to the east, the Missouri River to the north, Missouri Highway 367 to the west, and Interstate Highway 270 to the south, Spanish Lake is an unincorporated town in northeastern St. Louis County, Missouri. Surrounding communities include Black Jack, Castle Point, and Glasgow Village. Some Spanish Lakes addresses are served by a St. Louis post office. Known as Spanish Pond until the late 1800s, the community was named for the Spanish troops who camped there while building a fort in 1768. Largely a farming village in the 19th century, the community prospered when Fort Bellefontaine was relocated to the northern part of the area, along the Missouri River. German immigrants began to arrive in the late 1800s and, by the 1870s, most of its residents were of German heritage. Spanish Lake remained a rural farming community until the 1950s when it began to be transformed into a suburb of St. Louis, and dense apartment buildings began to be erected in the 1970s, largely inhabited by black Americans, and the 1990s saw a large-scale exodus of the community’s white population, an event that was documented in the movie, Spanish Lake.

 

 

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