is a second-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County and in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The incorporated City of Fenton is wholly contained within St. Louis County while unincorporated areas surrounding the city in both St. Louis and Jefferson Counties are collectively referred to as Fenton as well. The population was 4,360 at the 2000 census. It is the home of NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace and the headquarters of televangelist Joyce Meyer. It's also called the city of parks, for its massive Fenton park and the bike paths around the area. Garrett Hitzert was the City's First Mayor in 1948, his leadership helped build the foundation that much of the city's success has been based on. He conceived of Fenton's expansive commercial business district that is a center piece of the city's fiscal success. Mr. Hitzert was also responsible for the creation of the aforementioned massive park in which a pavilion has been dedicated to his honor. Fenton lent its name to The Carl Fenton Orchestra, the name given to a dance band from the 1920s and 1930s.
Due to its proximity to fertile land and the Meramec River, the Fenton area has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. The earliest proof of ancient dwellers was excavated from the "Fenton Mounds," two conical, earthen burial mounds located near the southwestern border of the City of Fenton. Diagnostic pottery shards from the mounds indicate they date from the Mississipian Times, A.D. 1050 - 1400. In 2001, the mounds were leveled for construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter .
The Fenton territory was occupied by native Americans and early settlers in the 1770s. William Lindsay Long founded the city of Fenton on March 23, 1818. The original eight square block area is now referred to as "Old Towne Fenton."