Area Information


Macon County pioneers coming mostly from Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee began arriving in the early 1820s. They followed an ancient Indian trade route, called the Great Trail. The trail followed the great divide between the Missouri and Mississippi watershed and ran through the site of what was to become Macon's first county seat, Bloomington, in 1837.

Rapid growth in the area resulted from the development of two railroad lines, the Northwest Railroad and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Line, which intersected in Macon. By June of 1861 over 7,000 Union troops populated the City of Macon.

The decision to move the county seat to Macon was both political and of economic necessity. Macon became the county seat in 1863.

In 1979, Macon along with the Housing Authority and Department of Urban Development completed the restoration of the over 100-year-old Blees Building, and turned it into a housing complex with 60 apartments now called Lakeview Towers.

The area's coldest month is February with an average maximum temperature of 30 degrees and an average minimum temperature of 10 degrees. As you'd expect, the hottest month is usually in July with an average high temperature of 90 degrees and an average minimum of 64 degrees. The month of June usually brings the most precipitation with some 4.8 inches. The yearly average rainfall is 34.1 inches.

Macon has always had an opportunity for employment and business success. Con Agra, Toastmaster, Economy Products Company, POET, Ardent Mfg., Rock Hill Mechanical and Welch Products are some of the work force's primary employment. Samaritan Hospital, Macon R-l School and the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop B also provide excellent working conditions.


Residents of Macon County are secure in the knowledge that they are protected by a fine police force, sheriff's dept. and fire department. Macon's sheriff and police departments have well trained officers in the law enforcement field. Macon also houses the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop B office. The Macon fire department is outstanding and on call at all times.

Macon schools have always been ranked as one of the best in the state! Macon R-l offers the A+ program, Vocational- Technical training, and provides preparatory education for the college-bound student. The school's extra-curricular activities include: football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, golf, band, choir, musical, cheerleading, clubs and community volunteer programs. Private education is also available in Macon, Immaculate Conception (K-8) and Tri-County Christian (K-8) school. Area higher education includes Truman State University and the University Of Missouri.

They offer a variety of services including but not limited to Chemotherapy Treatment, Dialysis Center, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Outpatient Specialty Clinics, Physical Therapy, Home Health Care, Surgical Services and 24 hour Emergency Department. Area hospitals include the Veterans Memorial Hospital. Macon is the home of several well trained doctors. The Samaritan Hospital was founded in 1927 and is still growing.

Yearly events include a rodeo, demolition derby, spring expo, Christmas in the Park, Flywheel Reunion, Bull Buck Off, Show-Me Show Down Truck and Tractor Pull, and Relay for Life. We're also home to the Macon County Fairgrounds and festivities like old-fashioned ice cream socials, a family style 4th of July celebration, picnics and parades.

Macon and the surrounding areas offer all types of recreation, including the newly built YMCA, local Country Club, Swimming Pool, Long Branch Lake/Campgrounds, Shoemaker campground, Macon Lake, Macon County Fairgrounds, Fower Airport, Cinema 3, Macon Bowling Alley and a national wildlife refuge.

Macon offers the following lodging options: St. Agnes Hall Bed & Breakfast, The Phillips Place Bed & Breakfast, Best Western Inn, Macon Super 8 Motel, Comfort Inn.

Macon is a homeowner's dream community. Housing is affordable for those with the smallest budget and those who want every amenity. Macon offers an array of outstanding values and styles. Cape Cods, Queen Annes, modern Ranches to Victorians are available on the market any given day. The average cost of a home in Macon County is under $100,000.

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