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Portage Des Sioux, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Portage Des Sioux, Missouri
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 38°55′35″N 90°20′35″W / 38.92639°N 90.34306°W / 38.92639; -90.34306
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Charles
Area
 - Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 433 ft (132 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 367
 - Density 745.3/sq mi (287.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 29-59150[1]
GNIS feature ID 0756547[2]
Our Lady of the Rivers
Monument the Native American treaties

Portage Des Sioux is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The town sits on the Mississippi River roughly opposite Elsah, Illinois, and is the home of the riverside shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers. The population was 367 at the 2007 census. The city was founded in 1799 by Spanish Lt. Gov. Zenon Trudeau and François Saucier in reaction to American plans to build a military post about twelve miles (19 km) downstream. The French name derives from the overland escape route between the Missouri River and Mississippi River used by a band of Sioux, fleeing enemies; they used this area as a portage for their canoes, outdistancing their rivals who instead paddled all of the way to the confluence of the rivers.

The Treaties of Portage des Sioux in 1815 were signed here ostensibly settling Native American and United States conflicts in the War of 1812. The treaties consolidated affirmed the Treaty of St. Louis (1804) in which the Sac and Fox ceding northeast Missouri and much of Illinois and Wisconsin and the 1808 Treaty of Fort Clark in which the Osage Nation ceded all of Missouri and Arkansas. The results were to ultimately result in the Black Hawk War and the tribes being forced to move west of Missouri.

Portage Des Sioux was also one of the main film sites for the TV reality show on the CW a Farmer Wants a Wife (the farmer in the 2008 season lives in nearby West Alton, Missouri).

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Geography

Portage Des Sioux is located at 38°55′35″N 90°20′35″W / 38.92639°N 90.34306°W / 38.92639; -90.34306 (38.926348, -90.342982)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (7.84%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2007, there were 367 people, 134 households, and 95 families residing in the city. The population density was 745.3 people per square mile (288.3/km²). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 322.8/sq mi (124.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 99.15% White, 0.00% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 134 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,333, and the median income for a family was $42,321. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,693. About 2.8% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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