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  Great Divorce of 1876
Brief Description:  St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County in 1876. "The Great Divorce" was promoted by city residents who objected to the cost of supporting ongoing expansion in the County. The Missouri Charter of 1875, which authorized the separation, also established St. Louis as a home rule city, the only one in the U.S. not associated with a county. The separation also froze the boundaries of the City, making St. Louis City one of the first cities in the country to limit its boundaries.
Year:  1876
Decade:  1870 - 1879
Beginning Date:    1876



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