Quitman, Missouri

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Quitman is a city in Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. The population was 46 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town. It is the birthplace to wrestling legend Harley Race.



Quitman was first platted in 1856 by R. R. Russell and was initially called Russellville. It was later changed Quitman in honor of John A. Quitman, a former governor of Mississippi and war hero in the Mexican-American War. It was formally incorporated on February 8, 1881 when it was a stop on the Nodaway Valley Railroad (which was building the railroad for the Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad that eventually became part of the Burlington Northern network.[3] The railroad no longer continues.

John S. Bilby founded the Bilby Ranch from here which in the early 1900s was the second largest ranch in the country with land throughout the southwest.

Missouri Governor Forrest C. Donnell was born here.


Quitman is located at 40°22′23″N 95°4′37″W / 40.37306°N 95.07694°W / 40.37306; -95.07694 (40.373105, -95.076915)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 46 people, 21 households, and 11 families residing in the town. The population density was 331.1 people per square mile (126.9/km²). There were 24 housing units at an average density of 172.7/sq mi (66.2/km²). Everybody in the town is white.

There were 21 households out of which six have children under the age of 18 living with them, ten are married couples living together, one has a female householder with no husband present, and nine are non-families. Nine of all households are made up of individuals and three have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with thirteen people under the age of 18, one between 18 and 24, ten from 25 to 44, seventeen from 45 to 64, and five who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. In town, there are twenty-three males (of whom sixteen are over age 18), and twenty-three females (of whom seventeen are over age 18).

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