Newburg, Missouri

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Newburg is a city in Phelps County, Missouri, United States. The population was 484 at the 2000 census.



Newburg was founded in 1883 by St. Louis – San Francisco Railway as a division point for the railroad, where engines would stop for repairs and to change crews. It is currently used heavily by the Burlington Northern Railroad as a maintenance stop with a large supply of railroad materials along the double tracks.[3]

Iron working was attempted twice in Newburg. Easy access to the railroad made heavy industry a viable business. Construction of the Ozark Iron Works began after 1867, but the business went bankrupt in 1877. The Knotwell Iron Company attempted to use the facilities in 1880, but quit shortly afterwards due to a severe drop in iron prices.[3]

After World War II, the railway switched from coal to diesel engines, which could run much longer distances without refuelling. The Newburg stop was closed, removing the roundhouse, turntable, and freight yards. A single "Frisco" caboose remains near the old freight yards.[3]

Missouri University of Science and Technology in nearby Rolla has planned and implemented many projects in the city of Newburg.


Newburg is located at 37°55′3″N 91°54′4″W / 37.9175°N 91.90111°W / 37.9175; -91.90111 (37.917472, -91.901198)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 484 people, 218 households, and 129 families residing in the city. The population density was 784.9 people per square mile (301.4/km²). There were 256 housing units at an average density of 415.1/sq mi (159.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.90% White, 0.41% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

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