Vera Cruz, Missouri

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Vera Cruz, Missouri
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The old log church in Vera Cruz by the cemetery
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Vera Cruz, Missouri
Location of Vera Cruz, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°54′50″N92°29′37″W / 36.91389°N 92.49361°W / 36.91389; -92.49361 Coordinates: 36°54′50″N92°29′37″W / 36.91389°N 92.49361°W / 36.91389; -92.49361 [1] [2]
CountryU. S. A.
State Missouri
County Douglas County
Elevation
[2]
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, United States. [2] It is located on Bryant Creek, approximately 9 miles (14 km) east of Ava, at the terminus of Route AB. [1] [3]

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History

Vera Cruz was established in the 1840s and named for Vera Cruz in Mexico. [4] 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 ran northwest through Smallett to Springfield. [5] The name was changed to Vera Cruz in 1859. It was the first county seat of Douglas County. [4] In 1870, the county seat was moved to Arno and shortly after to Ava. [6]

The Civil War battle Battle of Clark's Mill on November 7, 1862, took place at a mill on Bryant Creek, approximately one mile (1.6 km) north of the current location. [5] [7] A second battle occurred on November 3, 1864, near Wilson's Mill, during which the Confederate forces were driven out of the area. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 Brushyknob, Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1973
  2. 1 2 3 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Vera Cruz, Missouri
  3. Ava, Missouri, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quad, USGS, 1985
  4. 1 2 Moser, Arthur Paul; A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Douglas County, Missouri
  5. 1 2 3 Vinyard, J. C., The Battles of Vera Cruz, Nov. 7 1862 — Nov. 3, 1864, Douglas County Historical Society Journal, May, 1994, pp 18–21
  6. Earngey, Bill (1995). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. University of Missouri Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN   0-8262-1021-X.