Place:Washington, Franklin, Missouri, United States

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NameWashington
Alt namesBassorasource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29024244
Goosetownsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29024244
New Washingtonsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29024244
Owensvillesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29024244
Washington Landingsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29024244
TypeCity
Coordinates38.552°N 91.013°W
Located inFranklin, Missouri, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Washington is a city on the Missouri River in Franklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,982 from the 2010 census. It is the corncob pipe capital of the world, with Missouri Meerschaum located on the riverfront.

History

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Named after George Washington after it came under American control, the town was first settled during the rule of the Spanish Empire. It was originally called St. John Meyer's Settlement and was the site of the Spanish log fort, San Juan del Misuri (1796–1803).

Family and followers of Daniel Boone settled the area starting in 1799. In 1814 a ferry boat was licensed for crossing the Missouri River to the north and the settlement became known as Washington Landing. In 1827 a town was laid out, with sale of lots starting in 1829. The cost of land was waived if the buyer could build a substantial house within two years. This encouraged many new settlers.

Substantial numbers of anti-slavery German families started moving to the town in 1833, and they soon overwhelmed the existing population of slaveowners. Washington became a strong supporter of the Union during the American Civil War. The town was ransacked by Confederate General Sterling Price's soldiers, but they were unable to keep control of the area and he retreated with them to Brazil.

After the war, Washington became a railroad and steamboat transportation center. Its manufacturing industry while strong, it not as vibrant as it was decades ago. The town of Washington has 445 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, a state record. Due to its historic charm, Washington has a growing heritage tourism industry, with visitors also attracted to the nearby Missouri Rhineland.

Washington was the site for the third season of the television series Town Haul.

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