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The city of Normandy, in St. Louis County, Missouri, was settled on land once belonging to Charles Lucas, who had acquired the property from the federal government in a land grant. The community was named for the French coastal region of Normandy, where Lucas’ father had come from. Lucas fought two duels on Bloody Island with Thomas Hart Benton, and was killed in the second duel in 1817. Upon his death, the land changed hands several times before being taken over by the Normandy School District. The city was incorporated in 1945, and annexed Berdell Hills in 1977. The University of Missouri at St. Louis is partially within the city of Normandy, and the Normandy Police Department serves the surrounding communities of Cool Valley, Bellerive, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, and Pasadena Park. The larger city of St. Louis is just over eleven miles to the southeast. Other nearby communities include Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Beverly Hills, Country Club Hills, Northwoods, and Pasadena Hills. Ferguson is north, separated from Normandy by Cool Valley.



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