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Gasconade County, Missouri
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Most Owensville natives and history buffs realize that, according to legend, Owensville really should be Lusterville. Over 140 years ago, an Irish immigrant who was a blacksmith by trade-Edward Luster-won a horseshoe pitching match that was to decide the name of a small settlement located at the junction of Iron and Springfield Roads. To console his upset competitor and friend, Frank Owen, Luster insisted that the small town be called Owen'sville. The name was later condensed to Owensville.
Luster homesteaded much of the land that now makes up Owensville. But as history has it, Owensville is a name that is shared by two other towns in the US., Owensville, Ohio and Owensville, Indiana. Population is 2500.
Located in Owensville, is the historical Owensville Hotel, the Ozark Hotel or the Railroad Hotel, as it was called. It was constructed in 1910 to serve railroad clientele and has been restored by the Gasconade County Historical Society. Renovation began in 1992, with the goal of establishing a museum and was opened to the public in 2000. Each month, they feature a new exhibit. Admission is free. Hours are on Fridays 1-4 and Saturdays 9-1 and other times by appointment. 573-437-5617
Owensville is the business hub for several small towns that surround it. It possesses an active business and strong industrial community, excellent schools, many churches, and varied organizations. The Gasconade county fair is held here, each July.
Owensville offers the benefits of rural life. We have two beautiful lake developments. We are proud of the caring people who live here. Clean neighborhoods exemplify individual and community pride.
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Owensville is a member of the Gasconade County Enterprise Zone
Owensville Chamber Owensville Chamber of Commerce
Owensville OrganizationsOwensville Chamber of Commerce
Owensville Libraries Scenic Regional Library
Owensville, Missouri 65066
Hours: Tues. thru Fri. 9-5, Sat. till l, Wed. till 7, Closed Sun. Mon.
please call ahead to be sure of hours or operation
librarian: Linda Little as of 1-4-02
Owensville Schools Gasconade County R-11 Schools
405 E Lincoln Ave
Owensville, MO 65066
Phone: 573-437-2177 Owensville
Miscellany The population of Owensville was:
1990 - 2,325
2000 - 3,100