Gideon, Missouri

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Gideon is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,113 at the 2000 census.



The first hotel was built in Gideon in 1900, the first store was opened in 1901, the first doctor's office and first school were opened in 1903, and the first post office was opened in 1904.

From 1931 to 1986, Gideon was the home of the Gideon Box Plant, which employed as many as 250 people. It produced more beverage cases than any other factory in the United States. These boxes were shipped to every state in the United States, Cuba, and Central and South America. During World War II the box factory, under government contract, manufactured tent pins and ammunition boxes. The factory was the only factory in the U.S. engaged in the making of tent pins.


Gideon is located at 36°27′17″N 89°55′7″W / 36.45472°N 89.91861°W / 36.45472; -89.91861 (36.454799, -89.918691)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,113 people, 430 households, and 288 families residing in the city. The population density was 618.6 people per square mile (238.7/km²). There were 465 housing units at an average density of 258.4/sq mi (99.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.56% White, 0.09% Native American, 0.72% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 430 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

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