Riverside, Missouri

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Riverside is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,979 at the 2000 census.

The town on the edge of the Missouri River has a long history of racing and gambling. It formally incorporated in 1951.

For many years the town was known for its Riverside Race Track. The Riverside Park Jockey Club operated from 1928 to 1937 and was popularly called “Pendergast Track” after its patron Big City Boss Tom Pendergast (although Pendergast was not officially on its organization papers). The horse racing track was on the site of a former dog racing track.[3] The track operated under a questionable legal basis. The site was supplanted by an automobile race track which closed in the 1980s.

A legal gambling establishment on the river now is the $106 million casino run by Argosy Gaming Company.

One of the landmarks in Riverside is the Red X store. It was founded in the 1950s by Edward Young and his family. The store is famous for selling beer, wine, cigarettes and gasoline cheap. They are also famous for rebuilding after many floods and fires.

On August 22, 2007, President George W. Bush met with residents at the Corner Cafe in Riverside.


Riverside is located at 39°10′30″N 94°37′21″W / 39.175°N 94.6225°W / 39.175; -94.6225 (39.174903, -94.622414)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (6.00%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,979 people, 1,222 households, and 727 families residing in the city. The population density was 559.2 people per square mile (215.8/km²). There were 1,384 housing units at an average density of 259.8/sq mi (100.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.66% White, 6.14% African American, 1.04% Native American, 2.32% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.05% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.08% of the population.

There were 1,222 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.91.

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