Holts Summit, Missouri

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Holts Summit is a village in Callaway County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,935 at the 2000 census. Holts Summit is located 7 miles northeast of Jefferson City, Missouri's state capital. It is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Most of the pioneers in the early settlements were from the state of Virginia. One among them was Abner Holt who with his family traveled to Howard County, Missouri in 1819. They settled there for the winter. The men built a house in Callaway County in the unnamed community now known as Holts Summit and the family settled in during the spring.

In 1870, Holt’s grandson, Timothy Holt, plotted Holts Summit around a general store built by his father James Holt. They named the village “Holts Summit” because it was the highest point from there to the Missouri River.

“Hibernia Station” was once located across from where North School is now located. The train carried travelers between Hibernia and Holts Summit. Because of declining traffic as autos became more populat, the train depot was torn down in 1934.

Holts Summit was incorporated in 1973.

In the 1960s and 1970s, winemakers began to rebuild the Missouri wine industry. Summit Lake Winery was founded recently in Holts Summit, linking the town to what is called the Missouri Rhineland, the area defined by vineyards along the Missouri River to the western part of St. Charles County.


Holts Summit is located at 38°38′55″N 92°7′1″W / 38.64861°N 92.11694°W / 38.64861; -92.11694 (38.648569, -92.116831)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.60%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,935 people, 1,124 households, and 794 families residing in the city. The population density was 886.3 people per square mile (342.4/km²). There were 1,227 housing units at an average density of 370.5/sq mi (143.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.51% White, 2.96% African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

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