The City of Pacific

Information about the City of Pacific


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The City of Pacific, Missouri, formerly the town of Franklin, is located in Franklin and St. Louis Counties.  St. Louis is 30 miles northeast of Pacific.

Pacific is located along Historic Route 66, also called Osage Street.  Union Pacific and Burlington Frisco Railroads run through the town.  Brush and Fox Creeks run through Pacific and connect to the Meramec River, which runs along the south side of Pacific.  The Meramec is the longest free-flowing waterway in Missouri, measuring approximately 220 miles, and empties into the Mississippi River.  St. Peter Sandstone bluffs line the north side of Pacific.

Interstate 44 cuts through the northern part of the city.  Highway OO connects us to Highway 100, also called Manchester Road, one of the main artery roads in St. Louis.  Highways F and N run through the eastern part of Pacific, connecting the town to Catawissa and Robertsville.  Gray Summit, Villa Ridge, and Labadie are west of Pacific. Pacific and the surrounding communities are served by the Meramec Valley R-III School District.

The City of Pacific is home to 6,611 residents as of the most recent census.  The Pacific Area, including Pacific, Catawissa, Robertsville, Gray Summit, and Villa Ridge, has a total of 27,912 residents, comprising 30% of Franklin County.  More detailed demographics are available.

A timeline of Pacific's history is also available below.


Timeline of Pacific's History
  • 1820 First log cabin erected in what would eventually become Pacific
  • 1838 A covered bridge over the Meramec River is constructed south of Pacific.
  • 1852 The city was plated as the town of Franklin.
  • 1853 The Atlantic-Pacific Railroad laid tracks into the town of Franklin and opened on July 19.
  • 1854 The Pacific post office opened
  • 1855 First school is constructed
  • 1859 The Town of Franklin changes its name to the City of Pacific in honor of the railroad and is incorporated as a city fourth class
  • 1861 The beginning of regular rail service between Pacific and St. Louis
  • 1864 In October General Price invaded and held the town for the confederacy. Union troops dispatched from St. Louis along the railroad to the nearby town of Allenton. The two forces engaged in battle between the hills of the two towns. The Union forces won the battle which stopped General Price's advance towards St. Louis
  • 1871 The first newspaper is published in Pacific
  • 1871 Pacific Railroad shops move to Pacific
  • 1882 The Railroad Depot is opened in Pacific
  • 1891 Fire destroys all buildings located on St. Louis Street between First and Columbus Streets
  • 1895 Meramec River floods destroying half of the covered bridge over the river
  • 1912 Pacific Volunteer Fire Department Organized
  • 1915 Meramec River floods the southern part of Pacific
  • 1925 The Missouri Botanical Garden acquires land directly west of the city
  • 1933 Route 66 is constructed through Pacific
  • 1959 The US Air force acquired land in the city to construct its Nike-Hercules Missile base
  • 1961 The end of regular rail service between Pacific and St. Louis due to declining ridership
  • 1965 Interstate 44 is opened directly north of the city
  • 1969 The Nike Missile Base turned over to the city
  • 1970 Meramec Valley School district opens a school in the barracks of the old Nike Missile base
  • 1976 The Frisco railroad abandon the old historic train depot and it is demolished soon after
  • 1979 Missouri Eastern Correctional Center is built east of the city.
  • 1982 The south side of the city floods, flooding city hall. Many Times Beach residents relocate to nearby Pacific, after the flood spread dioxin contamination around their homes
  • 1988 New City Hall and Police Station dedicated
  • 1994 Southern side of the city is flooded
  • 1994 Pacific High School Volleyball team wins State Championship.
  • 2002 Pacific Partnership is forms as a non-profit organization to restore the old downtown area. Plans include building a public plaza in the center of the old downtown area
  • 2002 Pacific voters overwhelmingly approve a half cent improvement tax that will help fund a new water softener and storm warning sirens
  • 2003 The Wild Canid Survival and Research Center acquires land directly south of Pacific, with plans to move the Wolf Sanctuary to the new land
  • 2005 First railroad overpass opens with the construction of the LaMar Parkway extension
  • 2005 Pacific High School Boys Baseball takes Third Place at State Championship
  • 2006 The Historical Museum opens it doors at 206 W. Union
  • 2006 Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Moving Wall™, visits Pacific City Park





Living in Pacific, you have all the benefits of a large city close by, while maintaining a small town atmosphere. St. Louis is thirty minutes away, allowing easy access to all that a major metropolitan area has to offer. Pacific is centered around Historic Route 66 and has a rich history dating back to the 1800s.

Pacific hosts a large variety of businesses. Over fifty manufacturing and industrial businesses occupy industrial parks throughout the city. You might be surprised what is produced in Pacific.

Living in Pacific is comfortable. There are modern residential developments spread out in the city and acreage available to build your own house, if you prefer the secluded setting. Pacific is also supported by an outstanding public school system.

Business and commuters have quick access to the surrounding area via Interstate 44. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is forty-five minutes away allowing easy access to domestic and international destinations.

Residents and business owners get the best of both worlds in Pacific, Missouri.

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