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Located in central St. Louis County, Missouri, Ladue is an inner-ring suburb of the much larger city of St. Louis. Largely a farming community in its beginnings but, as automobiles replaced horse and wagons as the primary means of transportation, people who worked in St. Louis began turning farm land into urban homes. In 1936, the villages of LaDue, Deer Creek, and McKnight merged to become the city of Ladue, named for Ladue Road, the main thoroughfare leading from St. Louis, which was itself named for Peter Albert LaDue, a wealthy landowner who fought in the Revolutionary War. After his retirement from Major League Baseball, Stan Musial resided in Ladue, where he died of natural causes at the age of ninety-two. The guitarist, singer and songwriter, Chuck Berry, resides in Ladue. The city is west of St. Louis, southwest of Velda Village, southeast of Natural Bridge Junction, east of Chesterfield, and north of Meacham Park and Affton. Many Ladue residents and businesses receive their mail through a St. Louis address.



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