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Glasgow, Missouri
1st Street in Glasgow
1st Street in Glasgow
Location of Glasgow, Missouri
Location of Glasgow, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Howard, Chariton
 • Total 1.42 sq mi (3.67 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.38 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.30 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total 1,087
 • Estimate 
 • Density 831.29/sq mi (320.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-27208
GNIS feature ID 0718486
United States Post Office - Glasgow, MO (8414676336)
Post office in Glasgow
Missouri River @ Glasgow (8414692574)
Looking south on the Missouri River at Glasgow

Glasgow is a city on the Missouri River mostly in northwest Howard County and extending into the southeast corner of Chariton County in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 1,087 at the 2020 census.

The Howard County portion of Glasgow is part of the Columbia, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Glasgow was laid out and platted in 1836, partially from land acquired from former Missouri State Treasurer James Earickson The city was named for James Glasgow, a local merchant. A post office called Glasgow has been in operation since 1837.

The Battle of Glasgow was fought on October 15, 1864, in and near Glasgow as part of Price's Missouri Expedition during the American Civil War. Although the battle resulted in a Confederate victory and the capture of significant war material, it had little long-term benefit as Price was ultimately defeated at Westport a week later, bringing his campaign in Missouri to an end.

On January 20, 1891, an African American man, Olli Truxton, was killed by a white lynch mob in Glasgow.

The Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Glasgow Commercial Historic District, Glasgow Presbyterian Church, Glasgow Public Library, and Inglewood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.42 square miles (3.68 km2), of which, 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,035
1870 1,795 73.4%
1880 1,841 2.6%
1890 1,781 −3.3%
1900 1,672 −6.1%
1910 1,607 −3.9%
1920 1,351 −15.9%
1930 1,409 4.3%
1940 1,490 5.7%
1950 1,440 −3.4%
1960 1,200 −16.7%
1970 1,336 11.3%
1980 1,336 0.0%
1990 1,295 −3.1%
2000 1,263 −2.5%
2010 1,103 −12.7%
2019 (est.) 1,084 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,103 people, 458 households, and 277 families living in the city. The population density was 848.5 inhabitants per square mile (327.6/km2). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 410.0 per square mile (158.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.8% White, 7.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 458 households, of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 41.9 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

In popular literature

Glasgow is mentioned in the novel Boone's Lick by Larry McMurtry. The Cecil family stops journeys from Boone's Lick by wagon to meet a flatboat at Glasgow that will take them upriver.


Public education in Glasgow is administered by Glasgow School District which operates one elementary school, one middle school and Glasgow High School.

Glasgow has a lending library, the Lewis Library Of Glasgow.

Notable people

  • Wild Bill Davis (1918-1995), jazz pianist
  • John Wesley Donaldson (1891–1970), born in Glasgow, baseball pitcher whose career spanned over 30 years and included many different Negro league baseball teams
  • Harold Kottman, former member of the Boston Celtics
  • Jesse M. Roper (1851-1901), naval officer
  • Harry H. Vaughan (1893-1981), military aide to Harry S Truman

See also

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