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Lexington, Missouri

    A description of Lexington from 1874:

    "LEXINGTON, the county seat, situated on the high and healthful bluffs of the Missouri River, and on the L. & St. L. R. R., 55 miles from Sedalia, and 244 miles from St. Louis, was settled by A. and W. Owens from North Carolina, in the year 1817, and was laid off by Commissioners James Bounds, John Dustan and James Lillard; the city charter was obtained March 5th, 1855. This is one of the most beautiful cities of the State; the streets are broad and adorned with shade trees, chiefly maple, and the residences are built with taste, and usually surrounded with beautiful flowers and shrubbery, while the business houses are substantial and commodious. Lexington was long the commercial center of the western portion of the State, until the construction of the M. P. R. R. so cut off the trade as to render it now dependent upon the country contiguous to it, but its healthy location, its great educational advantages and its inexhaustible coal fields must always make it an important place. It contains 3 public schools, to one of which a high school is attached; 10 teachers are employed who have the care of 605 pupils. There is also a public school for colored children, employing 4 teachers and having an attendance of 240 scholars. There are 3 seminaries for young ladies, also 1 private high school for boys and 1 private school. There are 12 churchesóCatholic, M. E. Ch., South Presbyterian, Presbyterian (O. S.), Cumberland Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian, Episcopal, German Methodist, 2 colored Methodist and 1 colored Baptist, also 3 newspapersó The Caucasian, edited and published by Ethan Allen, Hon. J. T. Child and W. G. Musgrove, The Intelligencer, published by the Intelligencer Pub. Co., M. A. Steele, editor, and The Register, published by H. W. Turner; Col. Mark L. DeMotte and C. B. Wilson, editors; 4 banks and about 70 stores. Population, about 6,000."  (from Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, R. A. Campbell, St. Louis, 1874)


    Quick facts:

  • Founded: Incorporated in 1822

  • Lexington is the county seat of Lafayette County, Missouri

  • Population (2000 Census): 4,453

  • White 91.0%

  • Black 6.0%

  • Hispanic 2.2%

  • Two or more races: 1.2%

  • Zip Code: 64067

  • Area Code: 660

  • The Missouri River is the north border of Lafayette County.

  • Lexington is located on the northern border of  Lafayette County, about 50 miles east of Kansas City.

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