Located in the central portion of St. Louis County is the city of Creve Coeur. Creve Coeur is home to the headquarters of the Monsanto Corporation and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The population, as of the 2010 census, was impressive 17,833 and covers more than 10.27 square miles of land, sharing a ZIP code (63141) with Town and County.
Native Americans inhabited the land until the 1800s, when the area would eventually be acquired through the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803. The city gets its name from the Creve Coeur Lake, which is the largest lake in St. Louis County. The term “crève cœur” is French for “heartbreak.” The lake was christened that after a purported Indian princess’ unreciprocated love for a Frenchmen drove her to jump into the lake’s water, which ultimately lead to her passing.
Creve Coeur was officially incorporated in December of 1949, just as St. Louis County was reaching a total peak population of nearly 856,000.
Residents of Creve Coeur in the western portion are served by the Parkway School District, while eastern portions are served by the Ladue School District. Those within city limits of Ladue are served by the Pattonville School District.