Chesterfield’s 25th Anniversary
Twenty-five years ago this June, Chesterfield incorporated as a city. From the incorporation efforts that began in citizens’ homes to the development of the retail mecca that is Chesterfield Valley, the city has enjoyed a vibrant history. Enjoy this series of articles about its past, present and future, including the many services and amenities offered to residents and non-residents alike.
Reflecting on how it all began – “The chance to be part of a brand new city comes along very rarely.”
Community grows from shared vision – Steve Sachs was only 10 years old when his father, the late Louis Sachs, started buying land in Chesterfield.
Chesterfield’s chief of police is the city’s one and only top cop – When it comes to Chesterfield’s history as a city, Ray Johnson is one of those who can say he’s seen it all.
Historic Village preserves area’s past – These are high-tech times when homes and businesses seem to pop up overnight, but there is a place in Chesterfield where folks can step back in time and experience an authentic 19th-century historic village.
After the Flood: Chesterfield Valley businesses thrive – By the time the flood waters receded, there wasn’t much left of Jim Graeler’s Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
Creating a city of parks, fun for all – From it inception in the early ‘90s to the completion of its landmark amphitheater and dog park in 2011, the Chesterfield Parks department has come a long way and established a name and reputation for itself – with the national accreditation to prove it.
Did You Know…? – The name “Chesterfield” was used to refer to an expanse of West County long before the city was incorporated.
Local companies reach the world – Think globally, act locally. That advice may be a bit narrow for a number of Chesterfield-based businesses and organizations that already have an impact around the world.
City’s artistic side looms large – In February 2011, Chesterfield Acting-Mayor Barry Flachsbart and a large group of supporters traveled to Jefferson City to accept the Missouri Art Council (MAC) Creative Community Award.
What is the center of Chesterfield? – When Louis Sachs began developing Chesterfield Village, 1,500 acres of residential and commercial properties that are, for all intensive purposes, contained within the 3-mile circumferential road called Chesterfield Parkway, he envisioned a central core to the city.
Value-added services for citizens – Locking your keys in your car can be a major problem, especially if you also have a child or a pet in the vehicle and don’t have an auto club membership that provides lockout service.
Shopping and entertainment ‘mecca’ began with a mall near a highway – As you drive into Chesterfield on I-64 going west, you pass Chesterfield Mall on your left and then Chesterfield Commons, the 2-mile mega shopping center in the valley.
Celebrating citizens’ achievements – Citizens of the Year are recognized for their benefit to the city of Chesterfield through volunteerism, working on community projects and overall civic contributions to the community.