Bowling Green

Bowling Green is located 12 miles from the Mississippi River in the Glacial Plains region.  The first pioneer, John W Basye came in 1820 and by 1823 the settlement named for Bowling Green, Kentucky was named the county seat of Pike County. 

Sac and Fox Indians ceded claims in 1804 and again 1824 to settlers.  Grain, livestock and fruit farming were major sources of agricultural livelihood.  Early schools were Pike Academy (1837), Isaac W Basye’s Normal School (1867) and J D Meriwether’s Bowling Green College (1881).  The Chicago and Alton railroad ((G.M. & O) was completed in 1871 and the St Louis and Hannibal railroad in 1876.  Limestone quarries were opened in the late 1800s.

Bowling Green was home of Beachamp (Champ) Clark (1850-1921) who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress from 1911  to 1919.  His son Bennett Champ Clark (1890 – 1954) U. S. Senator was born here.  Diplomat John H Swift (1829 – 1891), Admiral W. R. Purnell (1886 – 1955) and Elliott W Major 33rd governor of Missouri had ties to Bowling Green.  

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