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 community was named in the late 1800s when the Katy Railroad arrived. Initially, the town was to be called Parsons, after 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 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.
References in Pop Culture
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 into the series world and mythology (but did not take place in the titular city).