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Pierce City
Lawrence County, Missouri


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Statistics & Facts

The Missouri state capital is Jefferson City.
The population of Pierce City is approximately 1,385 (2000), 1292 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 606 (1990), 538 (2010).
The amount of land area in Pierce City is 3.11 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Pierce City is 1.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Pierce City to Washington DC is 972 miles.
The distance to the Missouri state capital is 151 miles. (as the crow flies)
Pierce City is positioned 36.94 degrees north of the equator and 94.00 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Pierce City elevation is 1,199 feet above sea level.
Pierce City median income is $ 24,186 (2000).
The Pierce City median home price is $ 48,200 (2000).
Pierce City average annual precipitation is 43.9 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 31.1 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 55.2 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 76.4 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 57.7 degrees F.


in southwest Missouri. Nearby communities include Monett, Purdy, Fairview, Stotts City, Sarcoxie, Newtonia, Wheaton and Verona.
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History & History Related Items

The area was first settled in 1832 by some families looking for a new home. They found the valley near Clear Creek and started their settlement which they named Clear Creek Valley.
The namesake for the city was Andrew Peirce, a railroad official. It was named Peirce City when it was incorporated in 1870. Then, it was incorporated again in 1871 with the same name. The grammar rule too precedence over the years changing the spelling to Pierce City. Many thought it was named for President Franklin Pierce, but it was not. Though the current spelling has been used for many years, it was not officially changed until around 1980.

Historical information for Pierce City.
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Harold Bell Wright Museum
404 N. Walnut Street
Pierce City, Missouri 65723
Harold Bell Wright, author of Shepherd of the Hills, was pastor of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ (now the Harold Bell Wright Museum) in Pierce City, Missouri in 1897. It was the first of several churches he pastored before retiring to write novels full-time.

1886 Firehouse
Walnut and Washington Streets
Pierce City, Missouri
Built in 1886, this building was the old city hall and firehouse. Two antique fire trucks are housed in the firehouse.
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Pierce City City Government

Pierce City
104 W. Commercial
Pierce City, MO 65723
Phone: 417-476-5496

Pierce City Historical Events

2003, May 17
Pierce City celebrated its 133rd year at a gathering held May 17, 2003, at the Harold Bell Wright Museum.

2003, May 4
A devastating tornado hit Pierce City on this day. Most of the historic downtown district was destroyed. The old Harold Bell Wright Museum survived while the newer library was destroyed. Though many historic buildings were damaged, there are still some still standing. Pierce City


The population of Pierce City was:
1990 - 1,382
2000 - 1,385

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