April 10, 2014

Evidence of St. Louis French Colonial Log Home Found

Evidence of St. Louis French Colonial Log Home Found
Evidence of a French colonial home in St. Louis was found beneath layers of concrete and bricks during digging by the Department of Transportation.  It is the first trace of  Colonial St. Louis, Missouri which was thought to be completely destroyed by later building. 

Archealogists and historians have confirmed that the house which was constructed of vertical logs rather than horizontal, was built in 1769 by Joseph Bouchard, then later owned by Philip RiviƩre.

The history of the early settlement of St. Louis is a fascinating story. It began as a fur trading post in 1764 so this newly excavated log home is one of the very earliest. 


Credit: Image from Northern Illinois Libraries Digitization Projects

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