Hermann, the county seat of Gasconade County, Missouri, was incorporated in 1845. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,674.
The town was founded by the Deutsche Ansiedlungs-Gesellschaft zu Pennsylvania (German Settlement Society of Philadelphia) in the 1830s, partly influenced by Gottfried Duden, who wrote about the area in his Bericht über eine Reise nach den westlichen Staaten Nord Amerikas (Report of a Journey to the Western States of Northern America). The town was platted after the society sold shares in the 11,300 acres (45.73 km²) of Gasconade River valley land it had purchased. The society had almost utopian goals of a "heart of German-America" wherein it could perpetuate traditional German culture and establish a self-supporting colony built around farming, commerce, and industry.
Hermann, the sausage-making capital of Missouri, is home to the WurstFest in March. The town also hosts a Maifest in May and an Octoberfest in October.
The Katy Trail, a 225 mile long bike path, passes through McKittrick, which is just across the Missouri River.
Web Sites and Links
Hermann Missouri Official City GuideOffers visitors picturesque rolling hills, rich history, award winning wineries, the Katy Trail, and unique shops.