Redtop, Missouri facts for kids
|Elevation||1,217 ft (371 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||737911|
Redtop is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
A post office was established in 1889 or earlier, and was named "Cassity" after the postmaster, T.N. Cassity. Because the name was similar to "Cassidy", a post office in southern Missouri, the name was changed to "Marmaduke", after Confederate general John S. Marmaduke. That name was too long for the postal ring or stamp, and again needed to be changed. Cassity's wife suggested "redtop", which was a type of grass (Agrostis gigantea) which grew in a large field behind the store in which the office was housed, and which had a reddish color when ripe.
The post office was later moved to U.S. Route 65.
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