History Of St. Charles
St. Charles was once home to the Pottawatomie before European settlers arrived, establishing the city in 1833. Interestingly, the city was first called Charleston, but its name later changed because a nearby town had the same name; hence, St. Charles was proposed in 1839. The area is known as a transportation hub, but it was also a stop for slaves fleeing the south along the Underground Railroad. By the end of the nineteenth century, the population exploded with the arrival of immigrants from Europe.