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The city of Wentzville is in western St. Charles, Missouri. Although not the county seat, Wentzville hosts the annual St. Charles County Fair, as well as the St. Louis Pirate Festival and the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Fair. The city is situated at the intersection of Interstate Highways 84 and 70, and US Highway 61. Nearby communities include Dardenne, Dardenne Prairie, Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, and Lake St. Louis. The city of St. Louis is about forty miles to the southeast. Wentzville was founded in 1855 when the Northern Missouri Railroad extended its tracks through the area and set up a depot there. The community was named for Erasmus Livingston Wentz, a railroad engineer who supervised the construction of the line, and incorporated as a fourth-class city in 1872. The area’s economy was largely based on tobacco between 1850 and 1880, when there were several tobacco operations in the area. During the American Civil War, Union troops with the 2nd and the 8th Missouri fought a series of skirmishes with Confederate guerrillas on July 15, 16 and 17 of 1861, who were engaging in acts of sabotage to the railroad. This event is known as the Battle of Wentzville. The musician, Chuck Berry, owned a restaurant in Wentzville during the 1980s. The Major League Baseball players, Ron Hunt, Nathan Orf, and Ross Detwiler were also residents of Wentzville.

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