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City of Centralia

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Fast Facts About Centralia: 

  • Centralia was laid out in 1857
  • Named from its central location on the North Missouri Railroad from St. Louis to Ottumwa, Iowa, and due to location near the center of a vast prairie between Mexico and Huntsville, and between Columbia and Paris.
  • Centralia is the 2nd largest city in Boone County.
  • Nickname(s): Anchor City or Prairie Queen
  • Population in 2010 Census: 4,027
  • Estimated Population in 2012: 4,136
  • Total area of city is 2.84 square miles
  • Central Standard Time Zone
  • Zip Code: 65240
  • Elevation: 883 FT
  • Four Schools:
    • Chance Elementary (grades K-2)
    • Centralia Intermediate (grades 3-5)
    • Chester Boren Middle School (grades 6-8)
    • Centralia High School (grades 9-12)
  • On September 27, 1864, 22 unarmed Union soldiers returning home on leave were pulled from a train in Centralia and executed by Confederate bushwhackers under William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson. A Union force pursuing the guerrillas was ambushed, and about 150 were killed; some were executed, and some were tortured first. Many of the bodies were mutilated, then stuffed with the remains of rotting cattle bones. The incident came to be known as the Centralia Massacre.

 

Historical population of Centralia
Census Pop.
1880 703
1890 1,275 81.4%
1900 1,722 35.1%
1910 2,116 22.9%
1920 2,071 −2.1%
1930 2,009 −3.0%
1940 1,996 −0.6%
1950 2,460 23.2%
1960 3,200 30.1%
1970 3,623 13.2%
1980 3,537 −2.4%
1990 3,414 −3.5%
2000 3,774 10.5%
2010 4,027  6.7%
Est. 2014 4,175 3.7%