Avilla, Missouri

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Avilla is a rural village in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 137 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Avilla is located at 37°11′38″N 94°7′44″W / 37.19389°N 94.12889°W / 37.19389; -94.12889 (37.193821, -94.128991)[3], ten miles east of Carthage, Missouri on MO Route 96 and four miles west of the Lawrence County, Missouri line. The village is surrounded by pasture and farmland, small forested areas and branching spring-fed streams. White Oak Creek is the nearest to the south and east, and Dry Fork & Deer Creek to the north. Spring River runs past about three miles to the south which is eventually fed by these headwater streams.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Avilla, Mo. is the fourth oldest town in Jasper County, Missouri today, founded in 1856 & platted and laid out for public use July 23, 1858 by Andrew L. Love and David S. Holman. Mr. Love was the Justice of the Peace, and Mr. Holman was the first merchant and Postmaster, also establishing the Post Office in 1856.[4]

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