A modern American suburban community, Creve Coeur is located in the heart of St. Louis County. Creve Coeur is a suburb of St Louis and is located west of the city off easily accessible Interstate 270, 70, and 64/40. Creve Coeur is part of the St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois metro area.
The community began with a road: Olive Street Road, now called Olive Boulevard. The road followed a centuries’ old Indian trail that took the high ground from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River. Carts, wagons, carriages and stage coaches took passengers and freight both west to new lands and east to the city of St. Louis.
Creve Coeur was one of many unincorporated communities that grew along the road. Its name, which means broken heart in French, comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Historical Pioneer homes and cabins have been restored and are on public display in city parks.