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Standard Oil station in Defiance, Missouri
Standard Oil station in Defiance, Missouri
Defiance is located in Missouri
Location in Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Saint Charles
 • Total 56.120 sq mi (145.350 km2)
 • Land 54.760 sq mi (141.828 km2)
 • Water 1.360 sq mi (3.522 km2)
 • Total 159
 • Density 2.833/sq mi (1.094/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
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Defiance is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Saint Charles County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 159.


The Katy Trail State Park runs through Defiance near the Missouri River. This was the final home of frontiersman Daniel Boone, 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 was 3,154.

The Daniel Boone Home, Daniel Boone Hays House, and Isaac McCormick House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wolf-Ruebeling House is formerly listed.


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 are 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. Started originally by German immigrants, the wine industry also was shaped by later Italian immigrants.

Defiance was used as the name for the new settlement on top of the ruins of Saint Louis, Missouri in the television series of the same name. The series was produced by Universal Cable Productions, in transmedia collaboration with Trion Worlds who have released an MMORPG video game of the same name that is tied in to the series world and mythology (but did not take place in the titular city).


Defiance is covered by the Francis Howell School District with a small portion of the CDP attending the School District of Washington. Most students attend Daniel Boone Elementary School in nearby New Melle, Missouri, Francis Howell Middle School in Weldon Spring, Missouri and Francis Howell High School.

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