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Fort Leonard Wood
Country United States
State Missouri
County Pulaski
 • Total 97.6 sq mi (253 km2)
 • Land 97.2 sq mi (252 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Total 13,667
 • Density 140.03/sq mi (54.066/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)

Fort Leonard Wood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,667 at the 2000 census. It is named in honor of Major General Leonard Wood, who was awarded the Medal of Honor. The Fort Leonard Wood Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises Pulaski County.


Fort Leonard Wood is located at 37°44′17″N 92°7′2″W / 37.73806°N 92.11722°W / 37.73806; -92.11722 (37.738191, -92.117275).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 97.6 square miles (252.8 km²), of which, 97.2 square miles (251.7 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 33,799
1980 21,262 −37.1%
1990 15,863 −25.4%
2000 13,666 −13.8%
2010 15,061 10.2%

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,667 people, 2,639 households, and 2,335 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 140.6 people per square mile (54.3/km²). There were 3,151 housing units at an average density of 32.4/sq mi (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 64.8% White, 21.6% African American, 1.1% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 5.0% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.4% of the population.

There were 2,639 households out of which 71.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 7.0% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 35.0% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 1.3% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 158.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 181.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,891, and the median income for a family was $34,354. Males had a median income of $24,732 versus $20,421 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,652. About 2.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Waynesville Regional Airport at Forney Field serves the community with air service; even though it's on Fort Leonard Wood, it is jointly run by the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert and is available for civilian use by private pilots and scheduled commercial passenger service. Many pilots (especially inexperienced pilots) may choose an alternative nearby private airport to avoid the military right of way and maneuvering this tiny airport in the presence of larger aircraft.

The major east-west route is I-44.svg Interstate 44. Springfield, MO is 88 miles to the southwest, and St. Louis, Mo is 133 miles to the northeast. Before I-44, the main highway was US 66.svg U.S. Route 66, which still exists as a scenic route through the area and passes through Devil's Elbow, St. Robert, Waynesville, Buckhorn, and Hazelgreen. Names for U.S. Route 66 vary - at different places, it's called Teardrop Road, Highway Z, Old Route 66, Historic Route 66, and Highway 17. State-posted signs mark most of the alignment of the road.

Major north-south routes include:

  • MO-133.svg Route 133 runs north from Interstate 44 exit 145 about two miles (3 km) east of Hazelgreen to Richland, Swedeborg, Crocker, and about two miles (3 km) west of Dixon, then north out of the county.
  • MO-7.svg Route 7 runs north from Interstate 44 exit 150 about three miles (5 km) west of Buckhorn to Richland, then north out of the county toward the Lake of the Ozarks region.
  • MO-17.svg Route 17 crosses Interstate 44 at exit 153 at Buckhorn, runs east through Waynesville, turns north to Crocker, and then runs north out of the county to Iberia. South of Interstate 44, Highway 17 hugs the western edge of Fort Leonard Wood, passes near Laquey, and circles south of the post until it runs out of the county and eventually joins Highway 32 in Roby.
  • MO-supp-T.svg Highway T runs north from Highway 17 at Waynesville to Swedeborg, where it meets and ends at Highway 133 about halfway between Richland and Crocker.
  • MO-28.svg Route 28 crosses Interstate 44 at exit 163 at the eastern edge of St. Robert, runs north through Dixon, and then runs north out of the county.
  • A secondary road parallels Highway 28, beginning as MO-supp-Y.svg Highway Y at exit 161 of Interstate 44 in St. Robert, running north to the Gasconade River bridge where it becomes the county-maintained Cave Road and turning north as MO-supp-O.svg Highway O until it meets Highway 28 a few miles south of Dixon. Many travelers to Fort Leonard Wood for graduation ceremonies, family day or business visits choose to fly to St. Louis and take an express shuttle to Fort Leonard Wood. There are a few options for Shuttle Service to Fort Leonard Wood with price per person ranging from $55 to $149 depending on number of people traveling and service provider chosen. Optionally, several rental car companies are in the area. Traveler Alert: Flying directly into Fort Leonard Wood is not advised by many travelers. The final leg of the journey from STL, St. Louis Lambert, to TBN, Fort Leonard Wood, will lack comforts assumed in modern travel such as air conditioning in the summer (Temperatures in cabin reported as high as 120f during take off, landing and on runway delays with actual travel temperatures comfortable) and many travelers complain of freezing temperatures in the winter (during travel with runway operations comfortable).

Major attractions along U.S. Route 66 include the Old Stagecoach Stop in downtown Waynesville, which is now a museum but began as a tavern and boarding house and is the oldest standing structure in the county. It was used as a Civil War hospital for Union troops who were garrisoned above the city in Fort Wayne, which was demolished after the war. The Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Waynesville is near the Old Stagecoach Stop. Three bridges cross the Big Piney River at Devil's Elbow—the modern Interstate 44 bridge, the later U.S. Route 66 alignment on Highway Z that was made possible by the Hooker Cut through a steep hillside, and the original U.S. Route 66 alignment on Teardrop Road that includes a historic bridge that's in the process of renovation. The Elbow Inn is a biker bar that's a frequent stop on the original U.S. Route 66 alignment.

New Years Eve tornado

On the morning hours of December 31, 2010, an EF3 tornado ripped through the army base town. The tornado caused extensive damage and destroyed over 150 homes. The tornado took out power and cut off water supply. There were only minor injuries.

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