Timeline

By william haggard in Herculaneum, MO | November 25, 2009 | 4 Comments
  • 1800's

    1798 - The first Protestant sermon west of the Mississippi River was delivered by John Clark, a Methodist minister, at Bates Rock located near the mouth of the Joachim Creek in Herculaneum.

    1803 - Louisiana Purchase is signed by President Thomas Jefferson.

    1803

    William Clark (Lewis & Clark) stops at Herculaneum before joining Meriwether Lewis.

    1808
    Founding of Herculaneum by Moses Austin and Samuel Hammond.

    1809
    John Maclot, a French refugee, builds the first shot tower in Herculaneum.

    1810
    Moses Austin builds the second shot tower in Herculaneum.

    1811
    The first post office is established in Herculaneum. Herculaneum is described as a town of twenty houses, two hundred residents, a ferry, a store, a blacksmith and a hatter.

    1811 - New Madrid earthquake shakes chimneys, rocks cradles and rings church bells in Herculaneum.

    1813
    Christian Wilt and John Honey built the third shot tower in Herculaneum. Lots in Herculaneum were sold by Hammonds at $30.00 a lot.

    1815
    Herculaneum's first school was established by a man named Wilson.

    1817
    The" Zebulon Pike", the first steamboat to navigate the upper Mississippi River, stopped at Herculaneum on its way to St. Louis. From that point on, the steamboat made regular stops in Herculaneum.

    1818
    Jefferson County is organized by an act of the Missouri Legislature and Herculaneum is selected as the first County Seat.

    1818
    Herculaneum is described as a town having between thirty and forty homes, three stores, a post office, a jail, a court building and a school. There were three shot towers on the adjoining cliffs.

    1819 Moses Austin and Samuel Hammond sold the town of Herculaneum to Elias Bates, John Findley and James Dowlin, trustees of the town, for $50.

    1819
    County court records show that a survey was made to incorporate the town of Herculaneum on July 27. Records show that the town of Herculaneum was incorporated.

    1819
    Jefferson County establishes rates of taxation and petitions the court to establish highways toward Ste. Genevieve, Potosi and Meramac The same year, John W. Honey, a Herculaneum merchant and prominent early settler, captains a steamboat, the Maid of Orleans, to New Orleans.

    1819
    The first Masonic Lodge was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. It consisted of three separate lodges: Missouri (St. Louis), Joachim (Herculaneum) and St. Charles (St. Charles).

    1819
    On March 19, 1819 the first county court convened. Samuel Woodson and Andrew Scott were commissioners of the new court.

    1820
    James & Emily Bryan, Moses Austin's daughter and son-in-law, donate land to the County for the construction of public buildings.

    1820
    The first General Election is held in Jefferson County. Daniel Dunklin and Samuel Perry were elected as the first State Senators. The first judge to preside in Jefferson County was Nathaniel Beverly Tucker.

    1820

    Campbell Morfit, a noted chemist, is born in Herculaneum on November 9.

    1821
    Missouri is admitted to the Union as the 24th state.

    1821

    Founder Moses Austin dies in Washington County, MO (June 10).

    1821
    The first justices of the County Court were L.B. Boyd, Elias Bates and Samuel Hammond. The first meeting was held in the rented home of a African-American man named Abe on October 1.

    1821
    Josiah Craft built the first county jail in Herculaneum on land donated for public buildings by James and Emily Bryan.

    1827

    Thomas Fletcher, the 18th Governor of Missouri, is born in Herculaneum (January 21).

    1828

    Records show that the fifth Missouri legislature grants permission to construct a toll bridge over the Joachim Creek in Herculaneum (December 26).

    1832
    The County Court voted to move the County seat to a more centrally located town.

    1836

    Charles Bunyan Parsons of the St. Joe Lead Company is born in Vermont (February 26).

    1839
    By an act of the Missouri Legislature, the Jefferson County seat is moved from Herculaneum to the more centrally located town of Hillsboro.

    1840
    The County Seat is moved to Hillsboro.

    1840

    Daniel Dunklin, the fifth Governor of Missouri, moves to Herculaneum.

    1842

    Founder Samuel Hammond dies in Georgia (September 11).

    1844

    Daniel Dunklin, the fifth Governor of Missouri, dies in Herculaneum (August 25). Dunklin is buried in Herculaneum (August 27).

    1858
    The post office in Herculaneum is closed.

    1861
    Jefferson County voters oppose Missouri's secession from the Union.

    1864
    Thomas Fletcher becomes the first native born Governor of Missouri. Fletcher was born in Herculaneum in 1827.

    1864
    The St. Joe Lead Company, a New York based firm, was organized to produce lead in the Missouri Lead Belt area.

    1881

    Sarah Rankin donates land to the Town of Herculaneum for use as a town cemetery (Rankin Memorial Cemetery). (June 29)

    1887
    At the direction of Charles Bunyan Parsons, the St. Joe Lead Company chooses Herculaneum as a lead smelting site.

    1887
    The M.R. & B.T. Railroad was started near Bonne Terre and ran to Herculaneum. This railroad line intersected with the Iron Mountain Railroad at Riverside.

    1887
    St. Joe Lead Company acquired a 540 acre tract of land along the Mississippi River to locate its new lead smelter.

    1890
    Construction begins on the St. Joe Lead Company smelter.

    1890
    The post office reopens in Herculaneum.

    1892
    The first operation of the smelter begins with the operation of calcine furnaces, two blast furnaces, a refinery and a powerhouse for the generation of steam and electricity.

    1899
    Thomas Clement Fletcher dies.

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    1900's

    1902

    Acorn Lodge #352 of the Knights of Pythias instituted in Herculaneum (July 10).

    1904

    The first public school in Herculaneum opens.ThefFour-room frame school was located on School Street.

    1908
    The Buren Chapel, A.M.E. is built.

    1908

    The First Baptist Church of Herculaneum is organized (December 17).

    1910

    St. Joe Lead Company constructs a 350 foot smoke stack at their facility.

    1911

    The 100th Anniversary of the Herculaneum Post Office is held (October 7).

    1912

    Eight room brick schoolhouse opens (September 3).

    1912

    The Douglass Elementary School is organized by the Herculaneum School District (September 3).

    1915

    Reverend Burk and Reverend Hoffs organize the Methodist Church in Herculaneum.

    1915

    Special warranty deed issued by the St. Joe Lead Company for the establishment of the Herculaneum Cemetery (December 3).

    1916


    The St. Joe Lead Company donates land to the Methodist Church for the construction of the first church building.

    1916


    The Catholics of Herculaneum organize and build the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

    1916

    Herculaneum Cemeteyt deed filed for record at the Jefferson County Courthouse (May 19).

    1916

    The St. Joe Lead Company donates land to the Assumption Catholic Church for the establishment of the Assumption Cemetery.

    1916

    The first burial takes place in the Assumption Cemetery (August 30).

    1917

    The Assumption Catholic Church is constructed on Station Street in Herculaneum.

    1919

    An addition of classrooms and science facilities is made to the existing 1912 Public School building.

    1919

    Six students comprise the first four year graduating class of Herculaneum High School.

    1919

    Molds for the bear pits at the St. Louis Zoo are cast from the limestone bluffs in Herculaneum.

    1920

    The Assumption Catholic Church organizes a parish school in the basement of the church building.

    1921

    The bridge next to the train depot is washed out by high water.

    1922

    The First Assembly of God Church is organized and meets in a three-room house at the intersection of Circle Street and Main Street.

    1923

    Herculaneum Chapter #325 of the Order of the Eastern Star is constituted under charter (October 26).

    1923

    Herculaneum Masonic Lodge #338 A.F. & A.M. instituted under charter (october 28).

    1924

    The First Assembly of God Church is set in order by the Southwest Missouri District.

    1924

    An addition was made to the existing Herculaneum Public School building that included a gymnasium, locker rooms, industrial arts and music classrooms.

    1924

    The first Herculaneum School Carnival is held on the school campus (October 10).

    1924

    The Joachim Creek Bridge is constructed on what will become Highway 61.

    1926

    Highway 61 (Joachim Avenue) opens to trafficin Herculaneum.

    1926

    Dedication of the Shot Tower plaque by the United States Daughters of 1812 (March 31).

    1926

    The first Boy Scouts of America troop in Herculaneum is chartered (December 10).

    1929

    High School science teacher, Wood Burton, is killed in classroom explosion (April17).

    1929

    The Mississippi River & Bonne Terre Railway os merged with the Missouri-Illinois lines under the Missouri-Pacific Company (July 1). Passenger service to Herculaneum ended soon afterward.

    1930

    The Senior Class of Herculaneum High School adopts a senior ring.

    1934

    The Home Economics cottage opens on the campus of the Herculaneum Public School (September 4).

    1934

    The Joachim Golf Course is constructed.

    1934

    Construction begins on the new Highway 61 (Commercial Boulevard) in Herculaneum (September 13).

    1935

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) begins construction of the track and athletic field at the Herculaneum Public School.

    1935

    The Joachim Creek Bridge on Highway 61 opens to traffic (September 25).

    1936

    The Herculaneum Community Band is organized (January 23).

    1936

    Herculaneum residents walk across the frozen Mississippi River to Ilinois (Febrauary 13).

    1936

    The Works Progress Adm inistration begins construction of the Ferry Road begins in Herculaneum (September 14).

    1936

    Ferry service is established between Herculaneum and Harrisonville, Illinois.

    1936

    Construction of the Herculaneum Athletic Field is completed (October 23).

    1937

    The first Herculaneum High School Senior Educational Trip to the historic and natural points of interest in the Eastern part of the United States occurs.

    1937

    The Assumption Catholic Church builds a parish school (for grades 1-8) next to the church building.

    1938

    The Joachim Study Club is formed.

    1938

    The first meeting is held in the new Herculaneum Masonic Temple takes place (January 21).

    1939

    The St. Joe Lead Company donates a company building for use as a town library.

    1939

    Herculaneum Boy Scout Troop #411 is chartered (November 3).

    1940

    The Junior Club "Joli Coeur Club" is formed by the Joachim Study Club.

    1940

    The Herculaneum Historical Pageant is presented by the Herculaneum High School Class of 1940 (May 14).

    1940

    The Joachim Golf Club is incorporated (June 6).

    1942

    The Herculaneum Public Library opens to the publci (February 12).

    1942

    The Acorn Lodge #352 of the Knights of Pythias merges with the Jefferson Lodge of Festus (April 10).

    1943

    Herculaneum High School adopts a new school fight song to replace the original fight song, for which the music had been lost.

    1943

    Ferry service to Illinois from Herculaneum ceases to operate (Febrauary 18).

    1943

    Herculaneum World War II Honor Roll dedication ceremony takes place. The Joachim Study Club sponsored the establishment of an honor roll plaque to honor the servicemen and servicewomen of Herculaneum serving during World War II.

    1945

    The Joachim Study Club erects the first street signs in Herculaneum (March 15).

    1945

    Herculaneum Girl Scout Troop is organized by the Joachim Study Club.

    1946

    Herculaneum Veterans of War Post #5168 instituted (January 6).

    1946

    The first Mineral Area Relays track meet is held in Herculaneum (April 13).

    1946

    Herculaneum High School defeats Festus 12-6 in first ever Herculaneum High School football game (October 4).

    1947

    The first Cub Scout Pack (#411) is organized in Herculaneum (April 29),

    1947

    The Herculaneum Public School building is destroyed by Christmas Day fire. Classes are moved to the First Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and K P Hall until repairs are made.

    1948

    The first Herculaneum High School yearbook, The Black Cat, is published (May 6).

    1948

    The first Community Christmas Tree was erected at the intersection of Station Street and Main Street. The project was the result of the combined efforts of St. Joe Lead Company, Union Local 132 and the Joachim Study Club. The tradition was continued for twenty years.

    1949

    The Herculaneum Lions Club is chartered (March 9).

    1949

    The Horine Elementary School is organized within the Herculaneum School District. The school district is renamed the Herculaneum R-5 School District.

    1949

    The Herculaneum High School building is re-dedicated after closed following the 1947 fire (October 8).

    1950

    Six classrooms and an office are built to establish the Herculaneum Elementary School (September 3).

    1951

    The Herculaneum Fire Department is organized by a group of twelve volunteers from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5168. The fire department purchases a used 1931 General Monarch fire truck. Lynn Johnston is elected as the department's first FireCchief.

    1951


    The Herculaneum Volunteer Fire Department responds to their first fire call on August 3rd. The fire call was a garage fire at the home of Leo Thomas at 818 Curved Street.

    1951

    Automatic dialing phone system begins in Herculaneum (May 4).

    1951

    The new Douglass Elementary School building opens for classes (September 4).

    1952

    St. Joe Lead Company donates a former church basement to the fire department for use as the first fire station.

    1952

    The Herculaneum Fire Department initiates the sale of fire tags to fund the activities of the fire department.

    1954

    Herculaneum Tri-Hy-Y Club is organized (March 8).

    1954

    Herculaneum-Pevely Little League is organized (March 26).

    1954

    Additions to the Herculaneum Elementary School building includes a kindergarten room, a gymnasium and additional classrooms.

    1955

    Integration of the Herculaneum High School begins (September 13).

    1955

    The final Herculaneum Public School Carnival is held on the school campus (October 21).

    1955

    Herculaneum AmVets Post #42 (Jefferson County Memorial Post) receives charter (December 13).

    1956

    The First Assembly of God Church constructs a new church building at the intersection of St. Joseph Street and Highway 61-67.

    1956

    Herculaneum AmVets Post #42 hosts the 1956 Missouri State Convention of AmVets (April 27-29).

    1956

    The Jefferson County Boat Club is organized and opens the Herculaneum Boat Dock (May 22).

    1956

    The first Jefferson County Boat Show is held on the Mississippi River in Herculaneum (August 12).

    1957

    A joint eighth grade promotion ceremony for the Herculaneum Elementary and Douglass Elementary Schools is held (May 24).

    1957

    A huge oil fire occurs on the Joachim Creek following a break in a Gulf Oil Company pipeline near Horine. The fire burned for several days (June 1).

    1957

    The second and final Jefferson County Boat Show was held on the Mississippi River at Herculaneum (August 2-3).

    1957

    The Douglass Elementary School wasintegrated into the Roy E. Taylor Elementary signaling the end of school segregation in Herculaneum (September 3).

    1957

    The Herculaneum Fire Department purchases the first new fire truck for the town of Herculaneum. The new truck is a 1957 Ford.

    1958

    Rose Croix DeMolay chapter is instituted in Herculaneum (May 31).

    1958

    Roy E. Taylor, longtime Superintendent of Schools, retires after 34 years in the Herculaneum school system. The Herculaneum Elementary School is renamed the Roy E. Taylor Elementary School in his honor (July 1).

    1961

    The Citizens for the Improvement of Herculaneum holds first meeting (May 1).

    1961

    The first Herculaneum Homecoming Festival, sposnored by the Citizens for the Improvement of Herculaneum, begins (June 12).

    1961

    Carolyn Ravenscraft is crowned the Queen of the first ever Herculaneum Homecoming Festival (June 17).

    1962

    The Herculaneum High School Victory Bell is dedicated (September 7).

    1962

    The Herculaneum Football and Track Field is named the J.W. Dugan Memorial Athletic Field (Septemebr 15).

    1963

    The Herculaneum FIre Department sponsors the first public fireworks display in Herculaneum.

    1964

    A new gymnasium building is added to the Herculaneum High School campus. The building includes a cafeteria, business education classrooms, music room and physical education room and locker facilities.

    1965

    Pevely Elementary School District is organized into the Herculaneum R-5 School District. The district is renamed as the Dunklin R-5 School District .(February 23).

    1965

    The Missouri State Park Board agrees to establish a memorial to Governor Daniel Dunklin at the Dunklin Grave Site overlooking the Mississippi River.

    1966

    Herculaneum firefighter Jim Evans was awarded the American Legion Silver Star of Valor (along with Assistant Chief Steve Siracusa of Crystal City Fire Department) for their heroism as they successfully removed a gasoline tanker truck from a raging fire at the Crystal Tire Company. Two other Herculaneum firefighters were injured in the blaze and transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

    1966

    The Assumption Catholic Parish School is closed and the students are transferred to the Festus facility (June 2)

    1966

    The Daniel Dunklin Grave Site on Dunklin Drive is designated as a Missouri State Park (July 4).

    1967

    Interstate 55 is opened to traffic between Herculaneum and Pevely (November 2).

    1967

    The Herculaneum Public Library is closed due to lack of funds.

    1967

    Herculaneum Fire Chief Tom Robart is elected President of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri. He held the office until 1971. Robart was again elected President in 1973.

    1968

    Interstate 55 is opened to traffic between Herculaneum and Festus (May 7).

    1970

    The largest senior class in the history of Herculaneum High School graduates (May 21).

    1971

    The Herculaneum Fire Department constructs a new engine house. The new fire station replaces the old renovated church basement in use since 1952. The building is dedicated on March 14, 1971.

    1971

    The Senn-Thomas Middle School is dedicated (April 18).

    1971

    A group of concerned citizens form the Neighborhood Improvement Association seeking to re-incorporate Herculaneum.

    1971

    The formation of the Herculaneum Sewer District is approved (September 14).

    1971

    First Board of Trustees for the Herculaneum Sewer District are elected.

    1972

    On January 7, the Jefferson County Court designated Herculaneum as an incorporated city.

    1972

    The City of Herculaneum officially begins business as a fourth-class city with City Hall located in the old Douglass School Building.

    1972

    1000-year old Indian burial grounds are unearthed in Herculaneum (December 21).

    1972


    The City Hall operates from the old Douglass Elementary School. The first Board ofAldermen is elected as follows: Lester Boyer, Robert Turley, James Evans, Don Kelley and Don Stotler, Stotler is elected as the City's first Mayor. John "Hoot" Douglas is elected as the first City Marshal and Nick Bates is appointed as the first Municipal Judge.

    1972

    The first meeting of the newly elected Herculaneum Board of Trustees. The first board was sworn in Election Commissioners Robert Peppers and Oscar Torrence. Don Stotler is elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (April 10).

    1972

    The Herculaneum Board of Trustees pass first ordinance calling for an election to designate Herculaneum a fourth class city. Census shows that the population of Herculaneum is 2,475 which qualifies Herculaneum for designation as a fourth class city (May 30).

    1972

    The first two police officers for the City of Herculaneum are sworn in (June 26).

    1972

    Herculaneum is established as a fourth-class city by a vote of the residents (July 11).

    1972


    The City of Herculaneum contracts with the Herculaneum Fire Department to provide fire protection to the citizens of Herculaneum. With this contract, the sale of fire tags in Herculaneum ended.

    1972

    The City of Herculaneum officially begins business as a fourth class city with the city offices located in the old Douglass Elementary building (September 5).

    1973

    The first election of a Board of Aldermen for the City of Herculaneum is held. Donald Stotler is elected as the first Mayor of Herculaneum. The Board of Aldermen consisted of: Donald Kelley, James Evans, Lester Boyer, Dale Richardson, Howard Donald and Warren Holdinghausen.

    1973

    The Herculaneum Fire Department is selected as the "Fire Department of The Year for Missouri" by the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri.

    1975

    The City of Herculaneum is mentioned in the Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line" as the hometown of one of the show's characters (July 25).

    1975

    William Burlage is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1979.

    1975

    The last Herculaneum High School Educational Senior trip takes place in May.

    1975

    Current street addresses are assigned to all residences and business establishments in Herculaneum (April 8).

    1975

    The City of Herculaneum takes control of the Lead Belt Water Company watrerworks (September5).

    1975

    The City of Herculaneum purchases land from the St. Joe Lead Company for the construction of a new City Hall building (July 14).

    1976

    The start of home delivery of mail in Herculaneum begins(April 10),

    1977

    The new Herculaneum City Hall is dedicated and officially opened at #1 Parkwood Court (April 3)t.

    1977

    The Herculaneum Memorial Library is closed temporarily,

    1977

    The Herculaneum High School men's cross country team wins the first State Championship in the school's history (November 5).

    1978

    The Herculaneum Memorial Library reopens in the City Hall building.

    1979

    William Wildish, a write-in candidate, is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1980.

    1979

    The Herculaneum High School boys' track team wins the first State Championship in the school's history (May 19).

    1981

    Richard Marberry is named Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1981.

    1981

    Frances Pashia is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1987.

    1982

    A quit-claim deed filed in the Recorder of Deeds office in Hillsboro transfers the ownership of the Rankin Memorial Cememtery from the St. Joe Minerals Corporation to the City of Herculaneum (January 20).

    1983

    The "Hiney Winery" opens and closes in Herculaneum.

    1983

    The Herculaneum High School's girls' cross country team wins the first State Championship in the school's history (November 6)

    1983

    Herculaneum celebrates its 175th Anniversary of its founding with a three day celebration (August 19, 20 & 21).

    1983

    Tri-City Major Little League baseball team wins state championship (August 7).

    1986

    Carrie Burris is the first African-American woman to be elected to a Board of Alderpersons in Herculaneum and Jefferson County.

    1986

    The Herculaneum High School baseball team wins first state high school baseball championship (June 7).

    1987

    Tom Griffith is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1991.

    1988

    The city ends the sale of stickers for vehicle license.

    1989

    The Herculaneum Board of Aldermen approve the I-55 TIF project (December 29).

    1989

    The City of Herculaneum closes the Rankin Memorial Cemetery to future burials (July 13).

    1989

    The city sponsors first Fourth of July fireworks display in 11 years.

    1990

    City park is named in honor of Alderman Harry J Haggard (March 3).

    1991

    Tom Robart elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until his death in 1993.

    1991

    The First Baptist Church of Herculaneum was destroyed by fire on February 14.

    1991

    A 9-1-1 centralized dispatch service began in the cities of Herculaneum and Pevely (April 2).

    1992

    The Herculaneum Board of Aldermen approve the Riverview TIF project (February 17).

    1992

    Major strike by Teamsters Union Local #688 begins against the Doe Run Company (August 1).

    1992

    The Olympic Torch passes through Herculaneum for the first time.

    1993
    Jerry Martin is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 1997.

    1993
    Herculaneum residents are greatly affected by the Great Flood of 1993 and again 1995.

    1993
    Teamsters Union Local 688 strikes against the Doe Run Lead Company.

    1994

    The first Jeffco Fire Engine Rally is held in Herculaneum (September 17).

    1995

    The first traffic signal is activated in Herculaneum at the intersection of McNutt Street and Commercial Boulevard (April 19).

    1995
    The City of Herculaneum purchases the Herculaneum Sewer Company.

    1996

    The City of Herculaneum takes control of the Herculaneum Sewer Company (May 1).

    1996

    The Doe Run Company constructs a 550 foot smokestack.

    1996

    The Olympic Torch passes through Herculaneum for the second time (May 28).

    1996

    The City of Herculaneum takes ownership of the Herculaneum Memorial Library (September 23).

    1997

    Tom Griffith is elected Mayor of Herculaneum and serves until 2001.

    1999

    Herculaneum Historical Society organizes.

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    2000's

    2000


    Herculaneum residents vote to become a member of the Jefferson County Water Authority. Water Authority formed with the City of Festus (April 1).

    2000

    The City of Herculaneum trades portions of Main Street and Station Street to the Doe Run Company for 40 acres of land near the city's western boundary (March 13).

    2001

    Ground is broken for the new Jefferson County Water Authority plant (March 27).

    2001

    John Chamis is elected Mayor of Herculaneum.

    2001

    Herculaneum Fire Department celebrates their 50th anniversary on October 20th.

    2002

    The Doe Run Companhy signs agreement for voluntary property purchase plan (April 26).

    2003

    The City of Herculaneum begins to receive water from the Jefferson County Water Authority plant (August 25).

    2003

    The Jefferson County Water Authority Plant building is dedicated on September 13.

    2003

    The city dedicates the Shot Tower Memorial Park located at Dunklin Drive and North Main Street (June 1).

    2003

    Herculaneum Today & Tomorrow, a revitalization group, organizes (September 17).

    2004

    The Herculaneum Sewer District is dissolved by the citizens of Herculaneum and all assets are transferred to the City of Herculaneum.

    2004

    The City of Herculaneum annexes 330 acres of land west of present city limits (February 16).

    2004

    The City of Herculaneum creates the position of Police Administrator and Chris Pigg is selected to serve in the position.

    2004

    The citizens of Herculaneum vote to abolish the office of City Marshal effective 2005.

    2004

    The Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee is organized to plan the 200th anniversary celebration for the city.

    2005

    The Master Plan Steering Committee begins to formulate a master plan for the City of Herculaneum.

    2005

    Mayor John Chamis passes aways during the first year of his third term as Mayor. (October 5)

    2005

    Following the death of Mayor John Chamis, Jeff Kendall was appointed Mayor.

    2005

    Herculaneum annexes 127 acres of land west of the city limits (January 24).

    2005

    The Joachim Creek Bridge on Joachim Avenue is permanently closed to all traffic (November21).

    2006


    Bill Whitmer is hired as first City Administrato in the history of Herculaneum.

    2006


    Gina Vinyard was elected to a one year term as Mayor.

    2006

    The Herculaneum Board of Aldermen adopts the 2005-2006 Master Plan.

    2006

    The Joachim Avenue Bridge is demolished (December 28).

    2007

    Construction begins on the new Joachim Avenue Bridge.

    2007

    Christ the Vine Lutheran School opens (January 3).

    2007

    The United States Air Force 40th Airlift Squadron of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, adopts Herculaneum as its "honorary hometown" (March 12).

    2007

    The first Bicentennial Tree (a white oak) on Mott Drive is dedicated during an Arbor Day Celebration (April 27).

    2007

    The City of Herculaneum sells approximately ten acres of city streets to the Doe Run Company (June 29).

    2007

    The new Joachim Avenue Bridge is dedicated and named the Moses Austin-Samuel Hammon Memorial Bridge. (November 3)

    2007

    The City of Herculaneum adopts the first official flag for the city (November 3).

    2007

    Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the construction of a new engine house for the Herculaneum Fire Department to be constructed on Riverview Plaza Drive (December 1).

    2008

    The Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee sponsors a flag raising and dedication ceremony. A United States flag is dedicated in honor of all Herculaneum military veterans; a Missouri flag is dedicated in honor of Missouri Governors Daniel Dunklin and Thomas Fletcher and a Bicentennial flag is dedicated in honor of all past and present residents of Herculaneum. A reception was held at Herculaneum City Hall following the ceremony. (January 1)

    2008

    The Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee hosts a 200th Birthday Party for the City of Herculaneum at the Herculaneum Masonic Lodge #338 Temple. (January 13)

    2008

    Kirsten Elizabeth Nichols, daughter of Andy and Rachel Nichols, becomes the Bicentennial Baby as a result of being the first baby born to Herculaneum residents in 2008.

    2008

    The City of Herculaneum receives the national award "Tree City USA" at the Jewel Box in St. Louis. Herculaneum becomes the first city in Jefferson County to be designated Tree City USA (April 25).

    2008

    The second Bicentennial Tree (a northern red oak) is dedicated at 945 Church Street during the second annual Arbor Day Celebration. A reception was held at Herculaneum City Hall following the ceremony (April 25).

    2008

    The Herculaneum Fire Department is named the 2008 Career/Career With Volunteers Fire Department of the Year by the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (April 26).

    2008

    "Pride and Celebration", a music composition written in commemoration of the Herculaneum Bicentennial Celebration, is performed for the first time by the Herculaneum High Schoo Concert Band. The composition was written by Joe Pappas of House Springs, Missouri (May 6).

    2008

    Oscar J (Jim) Kasten becomes the second city administrator of Herculaneum (July 7).

    2008

    Herculaneum Fire Department dedicates new fire station at 151 Riverview Plaza Drive (September 14).

    2008

    The Herculaneum Bicentennial Celebration weeked (October 9 -12).

    2008

    First Baptist Church of Herculaneum-Pevely celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the church (November 14-15).

    2008

    Bicentennial Celebration comes to a close as a Bicentennial Time Capsule is closed during a closing celebration. The time capsule is to be opened on December 31, 2058. (December 31)

    2009

    The City of Herculaneum is designated "Tree City USA" status for the second year. The award is presented to the city in St. Louis (April 24).

    2009

    The third Annual Arbor Day Celebration is held at the Herculaneum Fire Station at 151 Riverview Plaza Drive. Six redbud trees are planted and dedicated. One tree is dedicated for each branch of the Armed Forces and a sixth tree is dedicated in memory of the Herculaneum residents who were killed in action during World War II and the Vietnam Wa (April 24)r.

    2009

    Construction begins on the new South Alignment Bridge over the Joachim Creek.

4 Comments Leave a comment

Vareda Allen says: 17:37 August 11, 2011

I am doing my family tree, I need help to locate family members. I know that my ancestors originated from Herculaneum, MO. If, anyone know of the Burris/Matthews of Herculaneum, MO, please contact me 314-381-5250.
Thank you, V. Allen

Kay says: 21:56 April 27, 2012

Jefferson County MO Historical Society: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mojchs/index.html
Vareda, Is this the family you refer to:
Millie Burris - Augustus Mathews
Marriage: 5 Sep 1899 – Jefferson Co, MO
Race: African American

Dr. Mary Sue Knight says: 23:33 January 20, 2013

I am seeking more information about my great grandmother Mary Susan Burris. She married William Elvoid Jr. and my grandmother Mary Francis Elvoid married ( Mary Francis Carslick ) lived in St. Louis. Mo. I use to visit Herculaneum as a child . Yet, I do not know or remember my cousins. I would like to see pictures of my great grandmother and know more about her parents Hannah and Sam. I assume that they were owned by John /Nancy Burris who were born in Virginia. I am African American .

Dr. Mary Sue Knight says: 23:37 January 20, 2013

Does anyone know if Carrie Burris is part of the African American Burris family? my contact information is 404-512-1828.