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O'Fallon, Missouri

Updated on November 23, 2014
Veterans Memorial
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A Wonderful Place to Live

O'Fallon Missouri is one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America!

In 2006, 2208 and again in 2010, Money Magazine has listed O'Fallon among the top 100 places to live in America.

In 2002 my company had a reorganization and I was to move from Kansas City to the St. Louis area. My territory would be all of Missouri and some of Illinois, so I had the opportunity to choose where I would like to live in the St. Louis area. I grew up in St. Louis, so I had the advantage of knowing the various areas of the metro. After looking at the housing market, the access to transportation (both by car and plane) , and access to services, my husband and I decided to settle in O'Fallon in St. Charles county. Our children are grown, so education was not a concern, however O'Fallon does have an excellent school system too!

Now it is ten years later, I retired six years ago and we are very pleased with our decision to settle in O'Fallon. It has excellent healthcare facilities, some great parks, good restaurants, and lots of friendly people.

In this lens, I will show you a little about our town and some of what it has to offer.

photo of O'Fallon Veterans Walk taken by Mary Beth Granger

O'Fallon is a wonderful place to live, whether you are a family just starting out or a senior citizen enjoying your golden years!

Good Restaurants abound in O'Fallon - a meal for every palate

O'Fallon has just about any fast food or chain restaurant you can think of, but what I really enjoy is some o f the really unique places it has to offer. Here are four of our favorites.

McGurks Public House McGurks is located in old O'Fallon right on Main Street. You can see from the photo above that it has a seasoned appearance, when you enter McGurks you feel that you are stepping into a Irish Pub. Great food, good beer and an all round friendly atmosphere.

Stefanina's Pizzeria and Restaurant I particularly love their pizza, but they have good pasta and salads too!

Ethyl's Smokehouse and Salon. Ethyl's has been serving food since 1926 and people come from all over to enjoy the great smoked meats that they serve.

Bristol Seafood Restaurant This is my favorite place to dine for special occasions. They have a wonderful menu of seafood and great lobster bisque.

Where is O'Fallon? - 63366

O'Fallon is just 30 minutes west of St. Louis with easy access from both hwy 70 and hwy 64.

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Fort Zumwalt Park - 47 acre park

Fort Zumwalt is a popular place for a family outing. The 47.5 acre park has a lake, picnic area, playground and the historic Fort Zumwalt. At Christmas time it is decorated with thousands of lights and holiday figures. People line up for blocks to make their way through the park to see the light show.

I enjoy going to the park in different seasons to photograph the changing colors around the lake. The photo above was taken in early summer with the greenery reflecting on the lake.


Veterans Memorial Walk - O'Fallon honors those who serve

O'Fallon's Veterans Memorial Walk opened in 2001. It honors US soldiers both past and present. The Memorial features a platoon of cast bronze boots positioned as though walking. It is a very moving sight. There is also several plaques and an eternal flame. Several thousand people come each year to visit the memorial, which is open 24 hours and is free to the public.

Public ceremonies scheduled at the Walk include Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, POW/MIA Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.

Go St. Louis Cardinals!

We are about 35 miles from downtown St. Louis. Close enough to enjoy all a busy metro area has to offer ...but far enough away to avoid the crowds. St. Louis has great sports teams. The Cardinals are are favorite.

My husband and I moved to O'Fallon about 10 years ago and really enjoy living here.

Have you been to O'Fallon? - stop by and leave me a message

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      I live in O'Fallon and absolutely love it. This is a wonderful place to raise a family.

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      Bobbro 4 years ago

      mg: I live in O'Fallon! So great to see your lens. Perhaps some night soon we will see you in the beautiful patio at McGurk's!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      This is a great tribute to veterans, and a great example to follow! All the best Blessings

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This was a lovely tribute to your home town. It sounds like my kind of place in a lot of ways except I enjoy my ethnic diversity. You have a sense of wonder as you travel through your life, you remind me to go through my own home town like I am a tourist on vacation. Angel blessed!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was very interested in seeing the Veterans Memorial in O Fallon, MO because one of these days we hope to erect one in our town. We have visited several around here but I haven't seen anything like the one you have. Thank you so much for sharing the photo and all the other information.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Pretty area. I have never been to Missouri, but would love to visit there!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      My home town of Copper Harbor MI had a wagon just like that parked in front of the Old Country Store. Was the town named after someone named O'Fallon? When I was doing data entry for a medical device company, I would always get confused about whether to use the apostrophe or not. Beautiful pictures.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Another town I've never heard of before that Squidoo has introduced to me. Thank you for the tour!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Another town I've never heard of before that Squidoo has introduced to me. Thank you for the tour!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      I've only been to St. Louis one time but O'Fallon wasn't on our itinerary. It looks very appealing. I would love to visit the Veterans Memorial. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never visited O'Fallon although I've been to and through St. Louis many times. I have a niece who lives in Independence, would be nice to visit her on a tour of Missouri. I'd love to see the Veteran's Memorial, it's quite striking! Thanks for sharing the place you live.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds fantastic! I have been to St. Louis many times, but I have never visited O'Fallen. I would love to visit when the park is "decked out" with all of the lights! I am sure that is beautiful.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Never been but it sure looks lovely. Beautiful page.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Never been there, to tell the truth I only went to the USA once..as a little kid, someplace near the Canadian border. One day, I will visit your country.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      No, I have never been to O'Fallon,

      The Veterans Memorial Walk is quite a sight.

      I have never seen anything like it.