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Location of Missouri in the U.S.A.

Westplex is an area within St. Charles County in east-central Missouri to the west of St. Louis County.

The Westplex is part of St. Charles County that used to be called “The Golden Triangle”. [1] The “Triangle” was formed by 70 across the top, 94 to the east, and 40-61 to the west. With the three legs together, a triangle resting on its tip is formed. Since almost all of the growth in St. Charles County was within this triangle it was dubbed the “Golden” area of St. Charles county, hence, Golden Triangle.

In the 1980s the group of small cities and villages within the Golden Triangle began to grow together to be one of the fastest growing and most prosperous areas in the midwest. In 1991 a civic group was formed to come up with a name for this dynamic part of St. Charles County. After conducting considerable research, the group decided to honor one of the first inhabitants of the area, Zigmund Q. Westerholt.

Zigmund Q. Westerholt immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1809. Not long after making America his adopted country, Zigmund shortened his last name to West. Zigmund West moved from the east coast to Missouri in 1813 and became a successful farmer in the area that is now the heart of this fast growing area of St. Charles County.

The civic group decided to dub the area the Westplex to both honor Zigmund West and also to define the group of communities that have grown together to become a part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Today the Westplex is made up of St. Charles, St. Peters, Weldon Spring, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis, Wentzville and St. Paul. The Westplex is one of St. Louis, Missouri's largest and most populous metro areas.

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