Huntsville, Missouri

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Huntsville is a city in Randolph County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,553 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Randolph County[3].



Huntsville is located at 39°26′08″N 92°32′39″W / 39.435467°N 92.544049°W / 39.435467; -92.544049.[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land.


Huntsville is home to both the Westran Elementary School and Westran High School. The Westran High School is home to the Westran Hornets and Lady Hornets. Students are offered to participate in football, basketball, softball, baseball, track, golf, cheerleading, and many other sports.

During the mid-19th century, Huntsville was also the home to Mount Pleasant College. A charter was granted and the cornerstone was laid and work began on Mount Pleasant College in 1855. The building was completed in 1857. The college stood in existence for 26 years until it burned to the ground on July 15, 1882.[5]


Huntsville, the oldest settlement in Randolph County, was settled around 1821 by Daniel Hunt, a Kentucky native, after whom the town was named. A grandson of Hunt, George Wylie Paul Hunt (November 1, 1859-December 24, 1934) born in Huntsville, Missouri, was elected Arizona's first state governor. As Arizona's first governor, Hunt shunned a carriage for his inauguration ride, and walked a mile to the Capitol on February 14, 1912, his way of saying he was a man of the people. In 1920, he was appointed minister to Siam by President Woodrow Wilson. On Christmas Even, 1934, he died. Governor Hunt and his wife Helen are buried under a white pyramid shaped monument in Phoenix, AZ at Papago Park.

In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians passed near Huntsville on the Trail of Death. They were being relocated from homes in Michigan and Indiana to Oklahoma.

Throughout the early part of the 21st century, there have been numerous attempts to have the town renamed Stringsville, in honor of the large ball of twine and/or rubber bands that may or may not have been housed in the town center.

Huntsville was well known for its commerce producing salt, coal mines, hemp rope, and tobacco.

Huntsville was also the boyhood home of civil war pro-Confederate guerrilla leader William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,553 people, 595 households, and 402 families residing in the city. The population density was 656.1 people per square mile (253.0/km²). There were 684 housing units at an average density of 289.0/sq mi (111.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.50% White, 6.12% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

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