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The population of Chaffee is approximately 2955 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,363 (1990), 1204 (2010).

The amount of land area in Chaffee is 4.598 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.122 sq kilometers.
The distance from Chaffee to Washington DC is 727 miles. The distance to the Missouri state capital is 172 miles. (as the crow flies)
Chaffee is positioned 37.18 degrees north of the equator and 89.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Chaffee location: in the northern portion of Scott County in the southeastern part of Missouri.

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Chaffee history:

Chaffee was founded in 1905. It is a strategic point between St. Louis and Memphis and the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, the Frisco, realized it. It became the spot where train crews would switch between the two cities, and thus a railroad town. The name Chaffee comes from the Chaffee Real Estate Company in St. Louis that was involved in a land purchase. One of the cities main streets, Yoakum, is named after a high ranking officer with the Frisco Railroad. The railroad still employs a large number of people today, not like the old days when tracks covered the east side of town, there was a switching yard, round house, full engine servicing, a passenger depot and much more.
Over the years other big business in town included Florsheim Shoe, and Thorngates, part of the Hart, Shaffner & Marx suit fame. The old school building on Yoakum and 5th was built in 1922 and was recently razed for progress, to build new buildings. Chaffee had an old icehouse on Main Street. The town newspaper for years was The Signal, published and edited by Karl von Kessel. Chaffee had a theatre for years on Yoakum Street downtown, known as the Horstman, showing movies into the early seventies. There was a bowling alley that burned down a lot, and a confectionary named Slaughter's which reached back to the innocent times as the soda shop. Chaffee's Dairy Queen was unique because it was walk up only and only open April thru September. Head of city maintenance was always Stubby Stacy and Bull Griffin.
The founding of Chaffee: 1905
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