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    Bates City, Missouri

    A description of Bates City from 1910:

    "Bates City, in the southwestern part of Clay township, was platted in 1878 on the line of the Alton railroad, and the next year a postoffice was established, J. F. Eneberg being the first postmaster. The first house was built by L. B. Kelley, while Mr. Eneberg started the first store. An eight-hundred-dollar school house was erected in 1881 and the first teacher received twenty-five dollars per month. The first regular physician was Dr. M. W. Flournoy.

        Bates City today consists of the following interests: The ordinary shops and smaller places of business, with two good-sized general merchandise stores. It is situated on the electric trolley line being constructed from Kansas City to St. Louis."  (from Young's History of Lafayette County, Missouri, William Young, B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, 1910)


    Quick facts:

  • Founded: Platted in 1878, the post office was established in 1879

  • County: Lafayette County, Missouri

  • Population (2000 Census): 245

  • White 98.4%

  • Hispanic 1.2%

  • Zip Code: 64011

  • Area Code: 816

  • Bates City is in western Lafayette County, about 35 miles east of Kansas City.

  • Bates City is located on U.S. Interstate Highway 70 near the Lafayette County - Jackson County boundary line.

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