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The Sign of a Good Town
Location of Bismarck, Missouri
|• Total||1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)|
|• Land||1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,025 ft (312.5 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,478.00/sq mi (570.52/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0755776|
Bismarck, situated in the western part of St. Francois County, owes its origin and early growth to the farming interests about it and its location at the intersection of the Belmont branch with the main line of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. Bismarck was first laid out and platted in 1868. It was named after the Iron Chancellor of Germany, Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, as there was a strong desire to attract German immigrants to the growing railroad area.
The railroad ran through the town from the northwest to the southeast. All of the original streets of Bismarck, with the exception of Main and Center, were named after trees.
In 1877, Bismarck was incorporated as a town by the County Court and the first trustees were William H. Gullivan, Benjamin Schoch, C. C. Grider, George H. Kelly and A. H. Tegmeyer. In the year 1881, this incorporation was abolished. Since that time, Bismarck has been reincorporated. According to folklorist Margot Ford McMillen the name of the town caused some difficult times for residents following America's entry into World War I. With patriotism running high, a town named for a famous German leader was seen as "un-American", and prompted some citizens to advocate changing the name to "Loyal". However the majority of residents soundly rejected the idea.
The population about 1910 was 848. It is now 1,579.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,546 people, 634 households, and 410 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,546.0 inhabitants per square mile (596.9/km2). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 723.0 per square mile (279.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.61% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 634 households, of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95.
The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
The Bismarck Memorial Airport is located one nautical mile (1.9 km) southeast of Bismarck's central business district.
The Missouri Pacific line from St. Louis to Laredo runs through Bismarck.
- Johnny Reagan - Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame; Finished season with 691 points, offensive star and noted all around player of several sports. The Bismarck School District baseball field is named after him, "Reagan Field".
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