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De Soto Service Area

De Soto Service Area

While Isaac Van Metre and his family were the first to settle in the area that would become De Soto, Thomas Fletcher and James Rankin are the founders of it. Isaac Van Metre had built a small cabin on the grant of land the French had given that to him and sold it to Walter DeWitt in 1804. It slowly transferred from owner to owner before it landed in the hands of Thomas Fletcher and James Rankin.

In 1851, the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway announced plans to build a railroad on the land that Thomas Fletcher and James Rankin owned. In the railroad, the two of them saw an opportunity. They established De Soto, which was named after Hernando de Soto, a Spanish conquistador who had claimed the Louisiana Territory for Spain. Using their own money, Fletcher and Rankin built a railroad station for the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad. This station helped to truly establish De Soto and the town’s connections to railroads.

After the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway finished construction on the railroad passing by De Soto, the townspeople built a post office. The town flourished as settlers, such as Herman Hamel and his son, settled in. Herman Hamel and his son ran a tannery and a harness and saddle shop at the end of the town. In the 1860s, the Arlington Hotel was built. It would later go on to have guests such as Jefferson Davis, the ex-President of the Confederacy.

 In the nineteenth century, the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad changed the town’s boundaries. The town boundaries were changed to accommodate the railroad’s growth. After the boundaries were changed, Charles Hemme and Otto Hermann built several buildings. Some of the buildings that were constructed were the two-story depot, roundhouse, and locomotive shop.

De Soto had a population of 6,449 people in 2020, as recorded by the United States Census Bureau. The city has also earned the nickname “Fountain City” because of the number of artesian wells it has. You can find more information about De Soto here, here, and here, where we found all of our information.   

Partney Heating has been serving towns just like De Soto for over twenty years. We offer services such as repairing and installing HVAC systems and cleaning ductwork. We work on both residential and commercial properties. Use the contact form linked below to schedule an appointment with us in De Soto, Missouri, or contact us. We’ll be eagerly awaiting your call. 


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