The Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railway is a former Class I railroad company in the United States, with its last headquarters in Dallas. Established in 1865 under the name Union Pacific Railway, Southern Branch, it came to serve an extensive rail network in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. In 1989, it merged with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In its earliest days, the MKT was referred to as "the K-T", its stock exchange symbol; the Katy was the first railroad to enter Texas from the north. The Katy's core system would link Parsons, Fort Scott, Junction City and Kansas City, Kansas. An additional mainline between Fort Worth and Salina, was added in the 1980s after the collapse of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. At the end of 1970, MKT operated 3,765 miles of track; the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway was incorporated in May 1870 in Kansas. The company received government land grants to build a supply railroad connecting the frontier military bases of Fort Riley, Fort Gibson and Fort Scott.
Upon its incorporation, the MK&T acquired the Union Pacific Railway, Southern Branch and its 182 miles of track in Kansas. At the time of its 1870 incorporation, consolidations were made with the Labette & Sedalia Railway Co. and the Neosho Valley & Holden Railway Co.. Combined with the UP Southern Branch, these small, newly built railroads formed the foundation on which the Katy would build. In the late 1890s, a subsidiary once called the Missouri-Kansas-Eastern railroad was established to run from existing MKT rails approaching Kansas City into St Louis via the Missouri River basin. Congress had passed acts promising land grants to the first railroad to reach the Kansas border via the Neosho Valley; the Katy portion of the former UP Southern Branch, which had begun building from Fort Riley just north of Junction City, was in a heated competition for the prize. On June 6, 1870, Katy workers laid the first rails across the Kansas border. Congress' promised land grants were never made, as the courts overturned the grants because the land was in Indian Territory and was the property of the Indian tribes.
The Katy continued its push southward, laying track through the territory and reaching Texas in 1872, acquiring other small railroads while extending its reach to Dallas in 1886, Waco in 1888, Houston in April 1893 and to San Antonio in 1901. When the Katy railroad reached Houston, its joint ownership of the Galveston and Henderson Railroad gave it immediate access to the Port of Galveston and its ocean-going shipping on the Gulf of Mexico. In 1896, as a publicity stunt set up by William Crush, the Katy crashed two locomotives head-on, pulling loaded trains, at a site that came to be known thereafter as Crush, Texas; the collision occurred before more than 40,000 spectators, three of whom died by debris from the exploding boilers. The ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin, performing in the area at the time, commemorated the event in his song "The Great Crush Collision March". In 1911, the MKT purchased railroad lines held by the industrialist Joseph A. Kemp of Wichita Falls, Texas; these included the Wichita Falls Railway, an 18-mile line between Wichita Falls and Henrietta in Clay County.
Kemp's brother-in-law, Frank Kell, was a partner in some of these lines, including the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, which remained a Kemp-Kell property until it was abandoned in 1954. In 1923, the Katy acquired another Kemp/Kell property, the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway, which extended from Wichita Falls to Forgan in the Oklahoma Panhandle; the route to Forgan, the Northwestern District of the MKT Railway, was abandoned in January 1973, Altus, became the northern terminus of the branch. The remaining 77-mile link between Wichita Falls and Altus was absorbed in 1991 by the Wichita and Jackson Railway; the Katy acquired the Beaver and Englewood Railroad in 1931. This trackage, like the length between Altus and Forgan, was abandoned in January 1973. From 1915 until January 4, 1959, the Katy, in a joint venture with the St. Louis – San Francisco Railway, operated the Texas Special from St. Louis to Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, it sported rail cars with names including Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, David Crockett, James Bowie after prominent men of the state.
On August 12, 1988 the Missouri Pacific Railroad and its owner, Union Pacific Corporation, purchased the Katy with approval from the Interstate Commerce Commission. The merging and restructuring of railroads during the 1980s had cost the Katy much overhead traffic, it had been seeking a merger partner. On December 1, 1989 the Katy was merged into the MoPac, now part of the Union Pacific Railroad system. In the "rails to trails" program, much of the
Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union; the largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia; the state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber and recreation; the Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border. Humans have inhabited the land now known as Missouri for at least 12,000 years; the Mississippian culture built mounds, before declining in the 14th century. When European explorers arrived in the 17th century they encountered the Osage and Missouria nations; the French established Louisiana, a part of New France, founded Ste. Genevieve in 1735 and St. Louis in 1764. After a brief period of Spanish rule, the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Americans from the Upland South, including enslaved African Americans, rushed into the new Missouri Territory.
Missouri was admitted as a slave state as part of the Missouri Compromise. Many from Virginia and Tennessee settled in the Boonslick area of Mid-Missouri. Soon after, heavy German immigration formed the Missouri Rhineland. Missouri played a central role in the westward expansion of the United States, as memorialized by the Gateway Arch; the Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, California Trail all began in Missouri. As a border state, Missouri's role in the American Civil War was complex and there were many conflicts within. After the war, both Greater St. Louis and the Kansas City metropolitan area became centers of industrialization and business. Today, the state is divided into the independent city of St. Louis. Missouri's culture blends elements from Southern United States; the musical styles of ragtime, Kansas City jazz, St. Louis Blues developed in Missouri; the well-known Kansas City-style barbecue, lesser-known St. Louis-style barbecue, can be found across the state and beyond. Missouri is a major center of beer brewing.
Missouri wine is produced in Ozarks. Missouri's alcohol laws are among the most permissive in the United States. Outside of the state's major cities, popular tourist destinations include the Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Branson. Well-known Missourians include U. S. President Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Chuck Berry, Nelly; some of the largest companies based in the state include Cerner, Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Edward Jones, H&R Block, Wells Fargo Advisors, O'Reilly Auto Parts. Missouri has been called the "Mother of the West" and the "Cave State"; the state is named for the Missouri River, named after the indigenous Missouri Indians, a Siouan-language tribe. It is said that they were called the ouemessourita, meaning "those who have dugout canoes", by the Miami-Illinois language speakers; this appears to be folk etymology—the Illinois spoke an Algonquian language and the closest approximation that can be made in that of their close neighbors, the Ojibwe, is "You Ought to Go Downriver & Visit Those People."
This would be an odd occurrence, as the French who first explored and attempted to settle the Mississippi River got their translations during that time accurate giving things French names that were exact translations of the native tongue. Assuming Missouri were deriving from the Siouan language, it would translate as "It connects to the side of it," in reference to the river itself; this is not likely either, as this would be coming out as "Maya Sunni" Most though, the name Missouri comes from Chiwere, a Siouan language spoken by people who resided in the modern day states of Wisconsin, South Dakota, Missouri & Nebraska. The name "Missouri" has several different pronunciations among its present-day natives, the two most common being and. Further pronunciations exist in Missouri or elsewhere in the United States, involving the realization of the first syllable as either or. Any combination of these phonetic realizations may be observed coming from speakers of American English; the linguistic history was treated definitively by Donald M. Lance, who acknowledged that the question is sociologically complex, but that no pronunciation could be declared "correct", nor could any be defined as native or outsider, rural or urban, southern or northern, educated or otherwise.
Politicians employ multiple pronunciations during a single speech, to appeal to a greater number of listeners. Informal respellings of the state's name, such as "Missour-ee" or "Missour-uh", are used informally to phonetically distinguish pronunciations. There is no official state nickname. However, Missouri's unofficial nickname is the "Show Me State"; this phrase has several origins. One is popularly ascribed to a speech by Congressman Willard Vandiver in 1899, who declared that "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and Democrats, frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri, you have got to show me." This is in keeping with the saying "I'm from Missouri" which means "I'm skeptical of the matter and not convinced." However, according to researchers, the phrase "show me" was in use
Parsons is a city in Labette County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,500, it is the most populous city of Labette County, after Pittsburg, is the second-most populous city in the southeastern region of Kansas. Parsons was named after president of the Missouri -- Kansas -- Texas Railroad; the town was incorporated the following year. It soon became a major hub for several railroads including the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railroad, Parsons & Pacific Railroad, Kansas City & Pacific Railroad, the Memphis, Kansas & Colorado Railroad. In the early part of the twentieth century, Parsons operated its own street car system, had an interurban electric railroad connecting it to the nearby cities of Cherryvale, Independence and Nowata. During World War II it was home to the Kansas Ordnance Plant, which operated for some years as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. In Spring of 2005, the munitions plant was placed on the BRAC list for closure; the community has rallied behind the current plant operator and Zimmerman, to keep the company on the grounds after closure and to keep those jobs and more in the Parsons area.
Parsons is home to the Parsons State Hospital & Training Center, in operation since 1903 when it was opened as the Kansas State Hospital for Epileptics. In 1957 the hospital was renamed Training Center. At that time it began providing programs for individuals with developmental disabilities; the Hospital occupies 43 buildings on 163 acres. The hospital includes residential services, the University Center on Developmental Disabilities and the Parsons Research Center for the University of Kansas, the Special Purpose School of the Southeast Regional Education Service Center; the Southeast Kansas Agricultural Research Center of Kansas State University is located on the grounds, as is the Alzheimer's Association, Heart of America Chapter, Southeast Kansas Regional Office. The first library was located in city hall. Parsons Public Library, a Carnegie library, opened on May 18, 1909. A new library opened on April 18, 1977, its former building has since been renovated to become a visual and performing arts center.
The sale of Katy Industries to Union Pacific, in 1988 saw the loss of scores of railroad jobs and, in effect, severed a major part of Parsons' city history which stretched back to its 1871 incorporation. While, in return, the city received a million dollars to help it recover, that money is kept in a fund by the city government, which uses the accrued interest on economic development projects; the only reminder of the Katy Railroad is now found in the local historical society's museum and of course the tracks, over which trains now speed through Parsons. The Kansas Army Ammunition Plant was down scaled in the 1980s. On April 19, 2000, an F3 tornado cut a devastating path of destruction through the center of Parsons. Eight hundred homes, one hundred twenty businesses, hundreds of vehicles were destroyed or damaged. On June 5, 2006 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Parsons a 2006 Great American Main Street Award winner for its successful efforts in revitalizing its downtown area through historic preservation.
The award was presented during the 2006 National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. Parsons was one of only five cities receiving the 2006 award. Parsons is the home of Dwayne's Photo, which became the last processor of K-14 Kodachrome film in the world and was the location of the final frame taken on the final roll of Kodachrome film produced. Parsons is featured prominently in the plot of the 2018 Netflix movie Kodachrome about a man who takes a road trip to develop a roll of Kodachrome film; the motion picture ZombieGeddon was filmed in Parsons in July 2002. Parsons is located at 37°20′21″N 95°16′11″W; the city is at the junction of U. S. Route 59 and U. S. Route 400. Along US-59, the city of Erie is 17 miles to the north and Oswego is 20 miles south and east. Big Hill Lake is several miles to the west of the city, Lake Parsons is situated northwest of the city; the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant is located southeast of the city. The facility was completed in 1942 to support World War II operations and consists of 21 separate facilities over 13,727 acres.
The installation is used as a munitions loading and packing facility. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.70 square miles, of which 10.61 square miles is land and 0.09 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 10,500 people, 4,351 households, 2,586 families residing in the city; the population density was 989.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 5,034 housing units at an average density of 474.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 81.3% White, 18.6% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.7% of the population. There were 4,351 households of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, 40.6% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
Isaac McCormick House
Isaac McCormick House known as McCormick Farm, is a historic home located near Defiance, St. Charles County, Missouri, it was built about 1867, is a two-story, "L"-plan, log dwelling. It consists of a single pen hewn log main section with single pen hewn log ell; the main section measures 18 feet wide and 27 feet deep and has a side gable roof. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004
St. Louis is an independent city and major inland port in the U. S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois; the Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River just north of the city. These two rivers combined form the fourth longest river system in the world; the city had an estimated 2017 population of 308,626 and is the cultural and economic center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, the second-largest in Illinois, the 22nd-largest in the United States. Before European settlement, the area was a regional center of Native American Mississippian culture; the city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, named after Louis IX of France. In 1764, following France's defeat in the Seven Years' War, the area was ceded to Spain and retroceded back to France in 1800. In 1803, the United States acquired the territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
During the 19th century, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River, it separated from St. Louis County in 1877, becoming an independent city and limiting its own political boundaries. In 1904, it hosted the Summer Olympics; the economy of metropolitan St. Louis relies on service, trade, transportation of goods, tourism, its metro area is home to major corporations, including Anheuser-Busch, Express Scripts, Boeing Defense, Energizer, Enterprise, Peabody Energy, Post Holdings, Edward Jones, Go Jet and Sigma-Aldrich. Nine of the ten Fortune 500 companies based in Missouri are located within the St. Louis metropolitan area; this city has become known for its growing medical and research presence due to institutions such as Washington University in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. St. Louis has two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. One of the city's iconic sights is the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch in the downtown area.
The area that would become St. Louis was a center of the Native American Mississippian culture, which built numerous temple and residential earthwork mounds on both sides of the Mississippi River, their major regional center was at Cahokia Mounds, active from 900 to 1500. Due to numerous major earthworks within St. Louis boundaries, the city was nicknamed as the "Mound City"; these mounds were demolished during the city's development. Historic Native American tribes in the area included the Siouan-speaking Osage people, whose territory extended west, the Illiniwek. European exploration of the area was first recorded in 1673, when French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette traveled through the Mississippi River valley. Five years La Salle claimed the region for France as part of La Louisiane; the earliest European settlements in the area were built in Illinois Country on the east side of the Mississippi River during the 1690s and early 1700s at Cahokia and Fort de Chartres. Migrants from the French villages on the opposite side of the Mississippi River founded Ste.
Genevieve in the 1730s. In early 1764, after France lost the 7 Years' War, Pierre Laclède and his stepson Auguste Chouteau founded what was to become the city of St. Louis; the early French families built the city's economy on the fur trade with the Osage, as well as with more distant tribes along the Missouri River. The Chouteau brothers gained a monopoly from Spain on the fur trade with Santa Fe. French colonists used African slaves as domestic workers in the city. France, alarmed that Britain would demand French possessions west of the Mississippi and the Missouri River basin after the losing New France to them in 1759–60, transferred these to Spain as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain; these areas remained in Spanish possession until 1803. In 1780 during the American Revolutionary War, St. Louis was attacked by British forces Native American allies, in the Battle of St. Louis; the founding of St. Louis began in 1763. Pierre Laclede led an expedition to set up a fur-trading post farther up the Mississippi River.
Before Laclede had been a successful merchant. For this reason, he and his trading partner Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent were offered monopolies for six years of the fur trading in that area. Although they were only granted rights to set-up a trading post and other members of his expedition set up a settlement; some historians believe that Laclede's determination to create this settlement was the result of his affair with a married woman Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau in New Orleans. Laclede on his initial expedition was accompanied by Auguste Chouteau; some historians still debate. The reason for this lingering question is that all the documentation of the founding was loaned and subsequently destroyed in a fire. For the first few years of St. Louis's existence, the city was not recognized by any of the governments. Although thought to be under the control of the Spanish government, no one asserted any authority over the settlement, thus St. Louis had no local government; this led Laclede to assume a position of civil control, all problems were disposed i
St. Peters, Missouri
St. Peters is a city in St. Charles County, United States; the 2010 census showed the city's population to be 52,575, tied for 10th place in Missouri with Blue Springs. Interstate 70 passes through the city. In 2008, St. Peters was named the 60th best place to live by Money magazine, putting it at the top in the state of Missouri, it ranked in Money magazine's Top 100 in 2010 and 2012. The "Rec-Plex" in St. Peters is an award-winning recreation and fitness complex that underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007. The city hosts the county's largest shopping center, Mid Rivers Mall. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area that would become St. Peters was inhabited by Mississippian mound builders; the remains of a village were uncovered during the construction of I-70 in 1954 and a street near the site was named Mound Drive after the mounds built by the villagers. One of the first documented sources about European settlers in the area is a Spanish census from 1791, which documented a land grant.
St. Peters was named for a Jesuit mission established there. In 1895, music was a binding factor for the area, with a well-known cornet band. Throughout most of the twentieth century, St. Peters was a small farming town; as as 1970, St. Peters had a population of only 486; the population increased to 15,700 by 1980 and within the span of a decade the community changed from a small rural town to a more suburban community. The city continued its rapid growth through the 1980s and by 1990 had a population of 40,660. St. Peters population increased to an estimated 52,575 as of 2010. St. Peters celebrated its 50th year as a city in 2009, marked its 100th year as a town in 2010, having become a town in 1910 and a city in 1959. St. Peters is located at 38°46′44″N 90°36′11″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.37 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2010, there were 52,575 people, 20,861 households, 14,244 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,350.2 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 21,717 housing units at an average density of 970.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 3.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population. There were 20,861 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 31.7% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age in the city was 38.8 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 51,381 people, 18,435 households, 13,936 families residing in the city.
The population density was 2,425.5 people per square mile. There were 18,776 housing units at an average density of 886.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.25% White, 2.80% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population. There were 18,435 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.4% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.24. In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $57,898, the median income for a family was $65,123. Males had a median income of $45,497 versus $30,295 for females; the per capita income for the city was $22,792. About 1.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over. Citizens elect eight aldermen to govern the city; the Mayor and Board of Aldermen appoint individuals to the positions of City Collector, City Clerk, City Treasurer. A Municipal Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit known as the St. Peters Municipal Court, has a four-year term. A City Administrator works with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen; the Board of Aldermen meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, except the months of June, July and December when one meeting is held each month on a date scheduled with the Mayor. City elections are held per Missouri law for elected officials.
Propositions may be voted upon at these elections. Mayor – Len Pagano Aldermen Ward 1 – Dave Thomas and Rocky Reitmeyer Ward 2 – Judy Bateman and Jerry Hollingsworth Ward 3 – Terri Violet and Melissa Reimer Ward 4 – Don Aytes and Patrick Barclay Three public high schools are within St. Peters city limits: Fort Zumwalt South High School with an
Weldon Spring, Missouri
Weldon Spring is a city in St. Charles County, United States; the population was 5,443 at the 2010 census. Weldon Spring was platted in 1864; the community took its name from a spring of the same name near the original town site. A post office called Weldon Spring was established in 1875, remained in operation until 1957. In 1941, the United States army purchased 17,000 acres of land in the surrounding area; the Weldon Spring Ordnance Works built the largest explosives factory in the United States on the site. It was built to produce TNT and DNT for Allied forces during World War II, it closed on August 1945, days after the end of the war. Most of the land was sold. In 1955, the United States Atomic Energy Commission built a uranium ore processing plant on the 2,000 remaining acres. Weldon Spring Uranium Feed Mill Plant produced yellow cake uranium ore. In the 1966, the plant remained abandoned for 20 years; the site was contaminated with over 1.5 million cubic yards of asbestos, radioactive uranium and contaminated rubble.
The U. S. Department of Energy began a decontamination of the site in the late 1980s and completed it in 2001, with a 45-acre rubble mountain over the site. Weldon Spring is located at 38°43′00″N 90°38′57″W, it is 27 miles west-northwest of St. Louis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.64 square miles, of which 7.51 square miles is land and 0.13 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 5,270 people, 1,880 households, 1,462 families residing in the city; the population density was 666.0 people per square mile. There were 1,926 housing units at an average density of 243.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.00% White, 1.82% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population. There were 1,880 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.2% were non-families.
20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09. In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $87,998, the median income for a family was $102,516. Males had a median income of $66,522 versus $40,339 for females; the per capita income for the city was $40,810. About 2.6% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over. According to 2010 census, there were 5,443 people, 2,050 households, 1,580 families residing in the city; the population density was 724.8 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 2,151 housing units at an average density of 286.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 1.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population. There were 2,050 households of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 22.9% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age in the city was 48.7 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female. Weldon Spring houses two public schools; the Independence Elementary School and Mary Emily Bryan Middle School are located in the city.
The only private/parochial school within city limits is the Messiah Lutheran School. Other area options include: Catholic Parish Schools such as Saint Joseph's of Cottleville.