Ferguson

Ferguson is a city located in northern St. Louis County with a population of 21,203, at the time of the 2010 census. Encompassing more than 6.20 square miles, the city has easy access to highway 270. Notable residents of Ferguson include former sumo wrestler and mixed martial artist Henry Miller, former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald and UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.

The area’s earliest beginnings occurred around the 1850s, when farmer and land owner William B. Ferguson deeded nearly 10 acres of his land to the Wabash Railroad. On the deed’s condition, William wanted naming rights on a new depot to be built on the land and for it to be a regular stop. Shortly thereafter, Ferguson Station developed into a hotbed of activity for the area. Ferguson Station had the honor of being the very first railroad station connected directly to the city of St. Louis, becoming a major hub for both freight and passengers. William Ferguson eventually subdivided his land and sold remaining lots to various businesses and homeowners.

As years moved on, the population of the area around Ferguson Station had grown to nearly 1,000 residents and the region was incorporated as Ferguson in 1894. After World War II, the city experienced a booming period as commuter trains were replaced by automobiles … bringing in more employment than ever before with development and maintenance jobs. Ferguson continued to expand as a city in 1954, when it became one of the first in all of St. Louis county to adopt a council-manager form of government. The council-manager government is known for being a system of local government that combines elected officials in the form of a council with the resilient executive experience of a selected local government manager.

Passenger service for the Ferguson Station depot officially stopped in 1960. The citizens of Ferguson eventually selected a committee whose mission would be to carry out conservation of the depot. In 1991, the city purchased the depot restored it, in part from a $108,000 grant. The Ferguson Station depot was proudly depicted in the city’s logo when Ferguson designed its very first city flag in 1994.

Residents of Ferguson are served by the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Ferguson Official Website

Traditions

Electric manufacturing company Emerson Electric has its headquarters located in the city of Ferguson. As a Fortune 500 company, the company has 205 manufacturing locations throughout the world and roughly 111,000 employees.

St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley, located just off of Interstate 270 in Ferguson, is one of four schools within the St. Louis Community College portfolio. Built in 1971, more than 7,000 students attend classes at “Flo. Valley.”

The Ferguson Famers Market, founded in 2002, is a Saturday morning tradition from the months of May to October.

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Community Contacts

Mayor of Ferguson James Knowles
III
(314) 521-1043
Current City Council Members Laverne Mitchom
Wesley Bell
Ella Jones
Linda Lipka
Heather Robinett
Keith Kallstrom
City Manager De’Carlon Seewood
(314) 524-5151
City Clerk Octacvia Pittman
(314) 524-5152
City Attorney Apollo Carey (314) 444-7600
Court Clerk Chris Lanfersieck (314) 524-5264
Finance Director Jeffrey Blume
(314) 524-5252
Municipal Judge Terry Brown (314) 524-5264
Director of Public Works Matt Unrein (314) 524-4721
Planning & Development Director Elliot Liebson (314) 524-5257
Parks and Recreation Director Matt Unrein
(314) 524-5072
Ferguson Police Department (314) 522-3100
Ferguson Fire Department (314) 522-1122