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Vera Cruz, Missouri
The old log church in Vera Cruz by the cemetery
The old log church in Vera Cruz by the cemetery
Country U. S. A.
State Missouri
County Douglas County
260 m (850 ft)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)

Vera Cruz is an unincorporated community in central Douglas County, Missouri. It is located on Bryant Creek about 9 miles (14 km) east of Ava at the end of Route AB.

Hunter Creek bluff
Hunter Creek bluff above the old mill pond at Vera Cruz, Missouri
Vera Cruz, Missouri cemetery
The cemetery in Vera Cruz, Missouri


Vera Cruz was established in the 1840s and named for Vera Cruz in Mexico. The village was originally called Red Bud and was at the junction of the RockbridgeHartville road up Bryant valley with the Old Salt Road or Rockbridge Road which went northwest through Smallett to Springfield. The name was changed to Vera Cruz in 1859. It was the first county seat of Douglas County. In 1870 the county seat was moved to Arno and shortly after to Ava.

The Civil War battle Battle of Clark's Mill on November 7, 1862 took place at a mill on Bryant Creek about one mile north of the current location. A second battle occurred on November 3, 1864, near Wilson's Mill during which the Confederate forces were driven out of the area.

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