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Named either for Captain Warren G. Cottle, the first resident of the area, or Lorenzo Cottle, a relative who became a prominent citizen of the community, the city of Cottleville, Missouri is in St. Charles County. Although the town was laid out in 1839, as far back as 1800 a group of homes existed there, near the area where the old Boone’s Lick Road crosses the Dardenne Creek, about ten miles southwest of St. Charles. Perhaps the earliest settler was Captain Warren G. Cottle, who secured a Spanish Land Grant that included the area in 1798. Originally an Indian trail, Boone’s Lick Road later became one of the major highways through Missouri for covered wagons, stage coaches, and mail coaches. As travelers were often stranded there when the creek overflowed, small places of business were opened at the area. The town is one of the oldest in St. Charles County. Other nearby communities include St. Peters to the northeast, Harvester to the southeast, Dardenne to the west, and O’Fallon to the northwest.



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