Olivette’s elevation of 700 feet above sea level makes it one of the highest communities in St. Louis County. Since water runs downhill, the City of St. Louis decided this would be the perfect location to build the Stacy Park Water Reservoir in 1926. The corner of Old Bonhomme and Price Roads had great significance to travelers in the 1800’s. It was the exact half-way point for wagon trains heading west between the Port of St. Louis on the Mississippi River and Howell’s Landing on the Missouri River. The album cover for the rock group Head East’s 1975 smash record “Flat as a Pancake” was shot in our own Olivette Diner. Olivette’s Indian Meadows subdivision was once the site of an 18-hole golf course. In 1930, the city of Olivette was formed by combining four different communities: Central, Olive, Stratmann and Tower Hill.
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