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Rome, Missouri
Community
Country U. S. A.
State Missouri
County Douglas County
Elevation 290 m (950 ft)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Rome is an unincorporated community in southern Douglas County, Missouri. It is located on Beaver Creek about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Ava on a county road one half mile off the end of Route A and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Smallett. Arno lies on Beaver Creek about 7 miles (11 km) north and Brownbranch in Taney County lies on Beaver Creek 4.6 miles (7.4 km) to the southwest.

Rome MO iron bridge
The old iron bridge over Beaver Creek at Rome was replaced in 2016.

History

In 1840 Wright's Mill, built by James Wright, was at the location and was perhaps the earliest grist mill on Beaver Creek. About 1850 the Lawrence Mill, built by William Lawrence, was at the same location.

During the American Civil War Rome was the location of Lawrence Mill. Union forces built a blockhouse to defend the location. Fort Lawrence consisted of a two story building or stockade with dimensions of 100 by 40 feet and was manned by militiamen or "Missouri home guards". Forces under the command of Confederate General Marmaduke attacked and burned the fort in January 1863 while on their way to Springfield.

Rome previously had its own post office from 1888–1957. The community was named after Rome, in Italy.

Rome, MO topo
Section of the USGS Brownbranch, MO 7.5 minute topographic showing location w/scale

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