Hollister, Missouri

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Hollister is a city in Taney County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,867 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Branson, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The area was first settled as a result of the establishment of US Land Office in Springfield in 1835. The town expanded from a crossroads at a 120-acre (0.49 km2) tract along the western bank of Turkey Creek that was the 1867 land-claim of Malinda Fortner. The town was named Hollister by Reuben Kirkham who opened a general store and applied to the Post Office for permission, which was granted in 1904. The town was named after the birthplace of Kirkham's daughter, Hollister, California. Most of the buildings in downtown Hollister are constructed in the Tudorbethan or mock Tudor style. Since the early 1970s most of the original businesses in historic downtown Hollister have gradually gone out of business. Recent construction on nearby Highway 65 and the continued success and growth of nearby Branson, Missouri have created a resurgence in downtown Hollister, many of the old storefronts are being revitalized and reopened as new businesses.


Hollister is located at 36°37′25″N 93°12′58″W / 36.623678°N 93.216158°W / 36.623678; -93.216158 (36.623678, -93.216158).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (1.59%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,867 people, 1,682 households, and 1,005 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,039.0 people per square mile (401.4/km2). There were 1,931 housing units at an average density of 518.8/sq mi (200.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.53% White, 0.21% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.08% of the population.

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