La Belle, Missouri

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La Belle is a city in Lewis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 669 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Quincy, IL–MO Micropolitan Statistical Area. Although this article lists La Belle as two words in the French tradition, residents write it as "LaBelle". The city of La Belle was incorporated in 1872, although it had been a village and stage coach stop much earlier.[3]

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Geography

La Belle is located at 40°6′56″N 91°54′57″W / 40.11556°N 91.91583°W / 40.11556; -91.91583 (40.115624, -91.915919)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

La Belle is located on Missouri Route 6 which is colinear with State Street throughout much of the city.

Schools

The city of La Belle is currently part of the Lewis County C-1 School district. Students from La Belle attend Highland Elementary School and Highland Junior-Senior High School in Ewing, Missouri

Recreation

La Belle has a city park (Johnson Park) located at the intersection of Wood and Main street. A baseball field is located on the west end of town off highway 6. It hosts summer games for several leagues.

During hunting seasons many hunters come to La Belle and the surrounding area to hunt white-tail deer and turkey. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a 112-acre (0.45 km2) lake south of La Belle. This lake served as a drinking water reservoir for the city of La Belle from 1980 through 2003[5].

There has been a branch public library in LaBelle since 1935. It became part of the Northeast Missouri Library Service in 1964.[6]

Churches

LaBelle has been the home of many churches throughout the years,[7] but currently has four active houses of worship. These are the Assembly of God, the First Baptist Church, the First Christian (Disciples of Christ) and the Mt. Olive Baptist church.

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