Carsonville, Missouri

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Carsonville is an unincorporated place in St. Louis County, Missouri. It is located between Interstate 70 and Route 115 at the southeast edge of Berkeley. It is surrounded by Berkeley on the north, Bel-Ridge on the west and south, and Bellerive on the east. It was named after the Carson family, who had a store and blacksmith shop nearby.[1] Much of the original housing in Carsonville remains. The community was notable because the West End Narrow Gauge Railway from St. Louis to Florissant passed through it, coming up the north side of Natural Bridge Road, then making a wide swing across Carson Road, which is now Hanley Road, to head for Lake Aurora in what is now Berkeley. The railroad passed on the west edge of Thies Farm, which is still in operation. The line became the Florissant and City Limits-Ferguson streetcar lines and the portion of right-of-way in Carsonville, and an electric substation, still are visible. On Cranberry Lane to the west of Hanley the right-of-way is place complete with electric poles and the cement posts which lined the railroad right-of-way still visible. Hanley Road north of Lake Ramona is in fact the streetcar right-of-way all the way to Airport Road and several blocks beyond to the Wabash railroad. The junction with the Ferguson line at Suburban Avenue is no longer visible as the electric substation there, which survived 60 years beyond the streetcar lines, until recently stood as a car repair shop. This information from Wayne Brasler, journalist and Normandy area historian and St. Louis streetcar historian.

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  1. ^ [1], David Ramsey, Missouri Place Names 1928-1945