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The city of Black Jack was named for three large American Oak trees that grew at the intersection of Old Halls Ferry and Parker Roads in the early 1800s, providing shelter to farmers who were hauling their crops to market. As the American Oak was also known as Black Jack Oaks, these trees were referred to as the Black Jacks in 1840, and the settlement that grew around them was named Black Jack when its first post office was established in 1865. The city was incorporated in 1970. Black Jack is in northern St. Louis County, north of I-270 and south of US Highway 67. The northern St. Louis suburb is surrounded by Spanish Lake, Castle Point, Calverton Park, Florissant, Cross Keys, Shoveltown, and Fort Bellefontaine, with some Black Jack residents receiving mail through the Florissant post office.



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