The Laclede and Creve Coeur Railroad was chartered to build a line from Saint Louis proper to Creve Coeur Lake, in order to serve various ice houses along the lake; the line also ferried passengers to an amusement park located on the eastern shore of the lake. The line was completed in 1881.
Over the years, as traffic levels declined and the area alongside the right-of-way further developed, the line was cut back in stages: first to Chapman in the 1920s, and then to Litzinger Road when I-270 was built (which would have severed the line if not cut back).
Final abandonment of the line came in the 1960s when it was under ownership of the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
Stations and points along the line, from east to west:
- Lake Junction
- Rock Hill
- Litzinger Road
- Ballas Road
- Creve Coeur