Wentzville was founded in 1855 by William M. Allen, a great landowner and slaveholder in western St. Charles County. Mr. Allen gave a tract of land along the railroad the right-of-way to establish a railway station and serve the community. The railroad construction pushed through Wentzville during the year 1856 and the first train arrived in 1857. The construction and building of the line was under the supervision of Mr. Erasmus Livingston Wentz of New York State.
Mr. Wentz assisted Mr. Allen, the founder, in surveying the present town’s lots and streets and so Mr Allen honored his good friend, Mr. Wentz, by naming the town after him. Over the years Wentzville sustained a slow and steady growth as an agricultural area. However, in 1980 the General Motors Corporation began construction on it’s largest and most modern (at the time) assembly plant providing more than 6000 jobs when it went into full operation. Today, Wentzville is home to more than 29,000 people and continues to maintain it’s small town charm.
There are 10 parks in Wentzville which allow for all types of recreation for people of all ages. To learn more about Wentzville’s Parks click here.
The Wentzville School District (WSD) is the fastest growing school district in the state. Serving over 14,000 students, the district scored 96% as part of the Missouri School Improvement Plan. The WSD has once again been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Achievement District by the College Board. The District is one of only eight districts in Missouri to be recognized, the only district in the state to achieve this distinction in each of the past five years, and one of only six school districts in the nation to appear on the Honor Roll for five consecutive years! The WSD was honored for increasing the number of AP courses offered in high school while simultaneously improving student performance on the AP tests. The WSD has implemented a 1:1 Technology Initiative that places a high priority on up‐to‐ date access and integration in and out of the classroom, including a program that provides every high school student in the District with a personal computer to use during their high school career. For more information about the top-rated Wentzville School District please click here.
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