Licking, Missouri

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Licking is a city located in Texas County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,471 at the 2000 census.



Licking is located at 37°29′48″N 91°51′27″W / 37.49667°N 91.8575°W / 37.49667; -91.8575 (37.496775, -91.857629)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.5 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.57% is water.

Brief History of "The Lick"

Licking or "The Lick" as it was originally known, takes its name from a buffalo lick, which were alive with deer up until 1835. The earliest settlers came in 1826. During the Civil War the countryside was scourged by armies of both sides, and when the war was over, few homes were left standing. In 1880 a tornado nearly destroyed the town and the homes of the people living there, but by 1889 Licking was once again a thriving little town. At this time, the Licking Academy was thought to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in this part of the state.

After the turn of the century fires had destroyed a church and several businesses. Three people died in a fire that destroyed the Collier Hotel in 1905. Around this time, Licking was the site of one of the largest stock shows in the state, with as many as 200 wagons lining the streets for this event.

The telephone became available in 1906 with long distance service not coming until 1926. The first automobile arrived in Licking in July 1911. On April 28, 1938, the first section of line was completed and energized and Licking had electricity. Licking high school has been historically known for its skilled baseball club. The town had eight final-four appearances from 1980 to 2003, seven of which were teams coached by Byron Hagler, whom is currently an assistant coach at Drury University. Licking has also had outstanding cross country teams from 2001-Present. The High School Varsity boys won state in 2002.


The 2000 census[1] found that there were 1,471 people, 647 households, and 390 families residing in the city. The population density was 847.8 people per square mile (326.4/km²). There were 744 housing units at an average density of 428.8/sq mi (165.1/km²). The demographics of the city is 97.35% White, 1.70% Hispanic, 1.09% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.34% from other races as stated by census.

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