And Seniors Stop In Wentzville


Wentzville is the fastest growing city in the state of Missouri, according to the 2010 Census, with an increase in population of 322%. Called “The Crossroads of the Nation”, senior travelers will find Wentzville at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 64.

Its history goes back to 1855 when it was founded as a depot on the Northern Missouri Railroad. The city gets it name from Erasmus Livingston Wentz, a railroad engineer for the line, just like my hometown in Monmouth, Iowa, named after a RR engineer.


Loaded all year long with things for seniors to see and do, the most popular includes the 4th of July festivities, Concerts and Movies in the Park, the Soapbox Derby, and the Holiday Night Lights driving tour of Rotary Park. Other local events are Wabash Days, a downtown street festival held in August, and the Annual Christmas Parade.

 Senior Oenophiles And History Buffs Enjoy…

For you oenophiles, that’s French for wine enthusiasts, Wentzville is located just 20 minutes from some fine wineries in Augusta, MO. A General Motors assembly plant is Wentzville’s major employer.

For senior history buffs, plan a visit Daniel Boone’s home in Defiance or go over to St. Charles where you can see the Lewis and Clark Boathouse. If you enjoy a county fair, take in the Charles County Fair, the St. Louis Pirate Festival and the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire. They are all sure to please.


The Wentzville Flea Market is open every Sunday, with the exception of Easter Sunday, is home to over 400 vendor spaces and opens early at 6 am. It draws in not only many of the locals but folks from all across the country in search of quality antiques and a wide variety of produce. Did you enjoy that video as much as I did?

Seniors, Do You Like Flea Markets?

The Wentzville Community Club is a highly active group that is responsible for not only the Flea Market, but some hotly contested bingo games as well. The more I researched Wentzville, the more I learned just how big and important the Flea Market is to the area. Reminds me of the Marché aux Puces (flea market) just north of Paris that is said to be Europe’s largest. That one is larger, but same idea with Wentzville’s 400 vendors. That’s quite large for community that size.


I thought it neat that TripAdvisor has been to Wentzville and has several suggested things for senior visitors to take in that includes Quail Ridge park and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. They further suggest that you consider filling your plate at the Tattooed Dog and several other quality restaurants in town.

The next time my wife and I pass through Missouri, we plan to stop in Wentzville and check out the city for ourselves.  -jeb

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