Moberly, Missouri

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Moberly is a city in Randolph County, Missouri, United States. According to the 2008 census bureau estimate, the population was 14,227.[3] The city was incorporated 1868. The Moberly Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Randolph County. Bob Riley is the current mayor.



Moberly was founded in 1866, and named after Colonel William E. Moberly, the first president of the Chariton and Randolph County railroads.

On Independence Day, 1995, a tornado ripped through downtown Moberly. There were no reported deaths, but there was a large amount of structural damage. Another tornado tore through the area (Renick) on Sunday, March 12, 2006. Four people were killed and thirteen were injured in the F3-level tornado. Dozens of homes were destroyed.

The World War II era US Navy frigate USS Moberly (PF-63) was named for the town. The ship participated mostly in convoy escort, earning a battle star for her assistance in sinking the German submarine U-853.


Moberly is located at 39°25′13″N 92°26′20″W / 39.42028°N 92.43889°W / 39.42028; -92.43889 (39.420398, -92.438831)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.1 km²), of which, 11.6 square miles (29.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.


Moberly is served by a municipal airport. Commercial service is available 33 miles to the south in Columbia at the Columbia Regional Airport or the MO-X (an airport shuttle to and from STL and MCI), 60 miles to the south in Jefferson City via the Amtrak station, 45 miles to the north in La Plata via the Amtrak station, or 55 miles to the North in Kirksville at the Kirksville Regional Airport.

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