Plattsburg, Missouri

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Plattsburg is a city in Clinton County, Missouri, along the Little Platte River. The population was 2,354 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Clinton County[3].



Originally, the city was called Concord, which is currently still the name of the man-made lake and surrounding housing development there. Later the city was re-named Springfield until it was discovered there was already a Springfield, Missouri. The name "Plattsburg" was borrowed from Plattsburgh, New York, which is the county seat of Clinton County, New York which in turn was named for George Clinton (who is the namesake for Clinton County, Missouri).[4]

The town was the long time home and is the final resting place of Senator and "President for One Day" David Rice Atchison. Plattsburg College was located here until it merged with Baker University. For a brief period of time during the 1830s, Plattsburg was home to a Federal land office for the newly opened areas of northern Missouri and was one of the farthest western non-military settlements in the United States until the Platte Purchase in 1836. Prior to the American Civil War, the area was a leading producer of both hemp and tobacco. During that war, two minor battles took place nearby and the town was occupied by both Confederate and Federal forces. In 1863, elements of William Quantrill's band captured a unit of Federal troops encamped in the county courthouse located in Plattsburg.


Plattsburg is located at 39°33′52″N 94°27′12″W / 39.56444°N 94.45333°W / 39.56444; -94.45333 (39.564311, -94.453395)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,354 people, 918 households, and 631 families residing in the city. The population density was 665.1 people per square mile (256.7/km²). There were 1,002 housing units at an average density of 283.1/sq mi (109.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.21% White, 6.24% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

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