Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri
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N 39° 25.190 W 092° 23.186
15S E 552814 N 4363547
Historical Marker Moberly Missouri ~ ED. Note: This marker has been moved. NO longer in rest area east of town, moved to Old Depot, tourist attraction site.
Waymark Code: WM127J7
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 03/21/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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County of marker: Randolph County
Location of marker: US 24, roadside park, 2 miles E. of Moberly
Marker erected by: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Department
Date marker erected: 1957

Marker text

Moberly, the "Magic City," grew from the town platted by the North Missouri R.R. (Wabash) in 1866 to a transportation center with a 6,070 population by 1880. The North Mo. acquired the site when it took over the Chariton and Randolph R.R. after the Civil War. In 1860, the C. & R. had planned a road west to Brunswick from this point on the North Mo. then reaching toward Iowa.

The Chariton and Randolph R.R. named its proposed junction for William Moberly, head of the road, and offered free land to residents of once nearby Allen to settle here. Patrick Lynch, who alone accepted, was given two lots by the North Missouri after the Civil war for holding the site without "the loss of a life or a house."

Moberly has been a division point since 1867 when the North Mo. (Wabash) reached Brunswick. Huge railroad repair shops, one of the earliest railroad plants west of the Mississippi, were opened, 1872. The M.K. & T. formed a junction here, 1873. Transportation facilities brought industrial growth and the development of the soil, fire clay, and coal resources of the area.

Moberly lies in a glacial plains area in a county organized, 1829, and named for John Randolph of Roanoke, Va. In Missouri's Little Dixie Region, it was first settled by William Holman, 1818. William Fort boiled salt at a spring near Huntsville in 1820's. The Bee Trace, a pioneer trail, ran along the Grand Divide between the Missouri and Mississippi through the county. The Iowa, Sac, and Fox tribes gave up claims to the region, 1824.

At Huntsville, county seat since 1831, a plank road was built to Glasgow, 1854, and the 1855-82 Mt. Pleasant (Baptist) College was founded. County legal business has been conducted at Huntsville and Moberly since 1885. Moberly Junior College opened, 1927.1

World War II Gen. Omar N. Bradley, first Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, was born in nearby Clark. Moberly's airport is named for him. Moberly is the home of novelist Elizabeth Seifert Gasparotti and birthplace of writer Jack Conroy. G.W.P. Hunt, first Governor of Arizona, was born in Huntsville. Hancock L. Jackson, interm Gov. of MO., 1857; Lt. Gov., 1857-61, and the biochemist Victor C. Vaughn, were natives of Randolph County.2

Correction and adjustments since 1957

1.Moberly Junior College is now Moberly Area Community College.

2. The correct spelling is Victor C. Vaughan.

Elizabeth Gasparotti published eighty-two novels under her maiden name, Elizabeth Seifert. She specialized in romantic tales featuring doctors and nurses as protagonists, hospitals as settings, and medical events and emergencies as the primary plot elements.

Who placed it?: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Department

When was it placed?: 1957

Who is honored?: Railroaders, William Moberly, Patrick Lynch, John Randolph, William Holman, Omar Bradley, G.W.P Hunt, farmers and settlers

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