||Welcome to the City of Crystal Lake Park, nestled between the communities of Frontenac, Town & Country and Des Peres, Missouri. A City that began as a resort area with summer homes has grown to some 220 homes and condos with approximately 500 residents living year-round. The City retains a unique, almost quaint quality, with its tall trees and diverse architecture. There is a real sense of community as neighbors greet each other and wave to passers-by. A diverse community, the City appeals to families with children because it is within the boundaries of the prestigious Ladue School District. It is 100% residential, but it is near two large grocery stores and two shopping malls. The City also boasts its own park and sponsors annual picnics, parades, and a spring beautification project by giving plants to willing gardeners.
In 2012, a Coldwell Banker survey rated Crystal Lake Park as the third best place to live in Missouri, behind Clayton and Brentwood.
Crystal Lake Park
P.O. Box 31338
St. Louis, MO 63131
A 60 acre tract of land in St. Louis County was surveyed, subdivided, and registered as the subdivision of "Crystal Spring Lake Park" in December 1922. The original owners were John G. and Jessie B. P. Oehler (pronounced "Ayler"). Oehler Drive was the main street off Bopp Road until it was renamed Country Club Drive in the mid-1950s. The official designation is: Section 23, Township 45 north, Range 5 east of the prime meridian.
The Crystal Lake Country Club golf course was here from 1929 to 1979. It was designed by William Diddel. Most of the course was on the west side of Bopp Road where the homes in Barrington Place are today. The home at 2331 Todforth Way was built on the site of the 14th & 15th tee.
The course was originally owned by the Oehlers who sold it to Fred Essen in 1932. His son, Victor H. Essen, managed it until it was sold to developers in 1978. Many local organizations such as the Engineers' Club of St. Louis held regular tournaments there and many local schools held class parties and dances at the club house.
2013 marked the 75th anniversary of Crystal Lake Park. It was incorporated as a Village in 1938 and as a Class 4 City in 1957. Vincil F. Hunter, Sr. was the first Mayor and served 4 terms from 1958 to 1966. Prior to 1958, the Village was governed by a Board of Trustees.
In April, 1940, the U.S. Census recorded 34
households in CLP with a total population of 95. The 1940 Census was released in April 2013 and has now been indexed by name. CLP residents' information was recorded in Enumeration District 95-53. It can be searched through the National Archives. Free ancestry searches can be made on the Family Search web site https://familysearch.org/search In addition, the St. Louis County Library subscribes to the Ancestry dot com database which can be searched from computers in the library. The library also subscribes to other databases such as Fold 3 and Heritage Quest which can be searched from your home computer.
CLP's new logo with the tree and bench was designed by Georgia Schmidt and adopted in June 2010.