Insurance Advisors of St. Louis do business with a lot of customers from Affton, MO. Since we have so many trusted insurance customers that keep coming back to us year after year from this small town in the St. Louis area, we figured we would do a fun post about the Affton area. Here are some facts that some of you Affton residents might already know and some that you might find surprising. The Insurance Advisors staff put these together for you.
How Affton got its name. Johann Aff opened a general store in 1872. Besides owning a truck garden and operating the general store, he also served as the first postmaster of the area. For mailing purposes, the area began being referred to as Aff’s town and eventually Affton. Johan Aff is buried near Affton, just inside the St. Louis City limits.
The area which now comprises Affton was once part of a Spanish land grant made to Gregoire Sarpy. Sarpy owned a tract of about 6,000 acres located just southwest of St. Louis City.
In the 1820’s a Scotsman by the name of Kenneth McKenzie purchased from Sarpy a tract of about 3,000 acres. McKenzie had made his fortune in the fur trade and decided to settle down to the life of a farmer. McKenzie Road named after Kenneth McKenzie is a four-lane stretch of road that runs right through the center of Affton.
Important Landmarks Located in Affton, MO.
Ulysses S. Grant original log cabin originally named “Hardscrapple”. The Grant family only lived in the cabin for three months. The cabin can be seen from Gravois Road.
Ulysses S. Grant family home is known as White Haven. The home is located at 7400 Grant Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123. Ironically, White Haven has painted a very lime green color. The Grant family lived on the property from 1854 to 1859.
Oakland House. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. Oakland House was built in 1853/1854 by the Benoist family.
If you live in the Affton area or any of the surrounding areas, be sure to stop in and let a small town Insurance company located in a big town take care of you. We do our best to treat everyone like family and provide the best price on every single policy.