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Cabool, Missouri
Main Street
Main Street
"The Gateway to the Ozarks"
Country United States
State Missouri
County Texas
 • Total 3.96 sq mi (10.26 km2)
 • Land 3.90 sq mi (10.10 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
1,283 ft (391 m)
 • Total 1,946
 • Estimate 
 • Density 533.33/sq mi (205.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-10288

Cabool is a city in Texas County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,946 at the 2020 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.90 square miles (10.10 km2), of which, 3.84 square miles (9.95 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.

Origin of name

The city was named after Kabul, Afghanistan, using an older English spelling of the name, in 1882. The British had just pulled out of Kabul at the end of the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1881. As local legend goes, one of the construction engineers who built the railroad through Cabool also worked on railroad construction in Afghanistan and thought this area of southern Texas County looked similar to the region of Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to being called Cabool, the community was known as Cedar Bluff. It remains the only "Cabool" in the United States of America.

Old Legends claim that Cabool was named after the Indian chief that lived there, whose name was "Chief Kabul" (pronounced Kay-Bull). The legend says Chief Kabul and his sweetheart jumped ( into the "onyx pool" ) together to their deaths off Cedar Bluff at Cabool, as their parents disapproved of their relationship. This legend was depicted in the 1903 poem Legend of Cabool written by Tug Wilson and Ben Durnell. The yearbook at Cabool Schools is still known as the "Kabul", named for Chief Kabul.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 359
1900 471 31.2%
1910 789 67.5%
1920 905 14.7%
1930 908 0.3%
1940 1,069 17.7%
1950 1,245 16.5%
1960 1,284 3.1%
1970 1,848 43.9%
1980 2,090 13.1%
1990 2,006 −4.0%
2000 2,168 8.1%
2010 2,147 −1.0%
2019 (est.) 2,080 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Historically, Texas County has consistently voted for the Democratic Party in elections; however, more recently Texas County has voted mostly for Republicans.

In 2000, Cabool was the largest city in the largest geographic county (Texas County) in Missouri. The school district is the home of the "Bulldogs". Cabool High School is a historic native rock structure with the oldest buildings being constructed in 1932. At least one of the buildings on the high school campus was a project of the federal Works Projects Administration (WPA).

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,146 people, 918 households, and 515 families living in the city. The population density was 558.9 inhabitants per square mile (215.8/km2). There were 1,054 housing units at an average density of 274.5 per square mile (106.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 918 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.9% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.


Cabool R-IV School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Cabool High School.

Cabool has a public library, a branch of the Texas County Library.

Notable person

Willard Edwin "Fred" House (October 3, 1890 - November 16, 1923), Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1913.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Cabool (Misuri) para niños

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