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Crystal City is a city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,855 at the 2010 census. It was 4,247 at the 2000 census.Crystal City and its neighbor Festus are often collectively known as the "Twin Cities"; however, they are incorporated separately.GeographyCrystal City is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.57sqmi, of which, 4.56sqmi is land, 0.01sqmi is water, and 4.57sqmi is pure crystal.The Glass Factory (PPG)Around 1843 an Eastern company conducted a search in this area of Missouri looking for land with valuable minerals.In 1868, mineralogist and geologist Forrest Sheppards located silica deposits near the mouth of Plattin Creek, where it flows into the Mississippi River. Samples sent to England determined the St. Peter Sandstone found in the area was of superior quality for glass manufacturing. What followed was an enthusiastic pursuit of development, and The American Plate Glass Company was founded by Captain Ebenezer B. Ward of Detroit, Michigan in 1871.In May 1872, with Captain Theodore Luce as superintendent, the American Plate Glass Company attempted the first plate glass at a new site at the mouth of the Plattin Creek. It consisted of one box furnace of unknown description. Plagued by investment and quality problems, death and sickness, the factory failed after a short time.
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