Defiance is an
unincorporated community in Saint Charles County,
Missouri, located on
state highway 94.
Katy Trail State Park runs
through Defiance near the Missouri River.
This was the final home of frontiersman
, who settled in the Femme
Osage Valley in 1799 after receiving a Spanish land grant. The
hamlet was not named during Boone's life. Its population in 2000
It was named in the late 1800s when the Katy Railroad
arrived. Initially the town was
to be called Parsons for the landowner. Because there was
already a Parsons,
Kansas on the Katy line, settlers considered other names,
including Missouriton and Bluff City, before deciding on Defiance
because of the hamlet's defiance of rival Matson,
Missouri to get a
station on the line.
From here west to Marthasville
numerous wineries; SH 94 is sometimes called the "Missouri
Weinstrasse". The area is part of the Missouri Rhineland
where vineyards are
cultivated on both sides of the Missouri River.
- "The History of How Defiance Missouri Got Its Name",
St. Charles Banner News, May 10, 1971