History of Peculiar
Old Peculiar Population Sign
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1911 Photo
Old Depot
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A community that is peculiar in name only. A name which has overshadowed our rich history. Yet, this peculiar name has somehow set apart persons associated with it, creating a chemistry, within them, which makes them very important to each other. July 29, 1868, Robert Cass County surveyor, surveyed the town of Peculiar into lots, blocks and streets. This certified plat was filed as ‘The Town Of Peculiar’. Early settlers came to western Missouri by riverboat, rail and overland. Many were migrating for the second and third time from communities in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The ‘Town Of Peculiar’ also received families from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The genesis of ‘Peculiar’ is well documented. In 1887 the railroad bought several pieces of property from a Kentuckian, George Moore. Mr. Moore had a daughter named Carry who married a Holton drunkard named Charles Glody, divorced him, and married a Warrensburg journalist named David Nation…the rest of that story is history.} But the City Fathers realized that with the new railroad the center of trade would move to the south.

The City Of Peculiar, established in 1868, and reestablished in 1889 is located in Cass County, Missouri. The city encompasses approximately 4 square miles and a current estimated population of 2,600 and an outreach population of approximately 7,500.

The city was incorporated in 1953 and is a Fourth Class City and a political subdivision of the State Of Missouri. The city is governed by a Mayor / Board Of Aldermen form of government and exercises powers of municipal government specifically granted by the State Of Missouri. The Mayor is elected at large for a two-year term, without restrictions as to reelection. The Board Of Aldermen is composed of six members, two being elected from each of the three wards of the city. Each year an alderman is elected from each ward for a term of two years. The Board Of Aldermen establishes utility and tax rates, as well as authorizes all municipal indebtedness. The City Of Peculiar is growing and incorporating new land, business and residents continuously. However, it remains a wonderful, warm community, with a ‘small town’ feel, in which to raise a family. Activities and opportunities are abundant.

Settlers came to build a new community in which their growing families could find opportunity, and in which they could take pride. Fortunately this holds true for present day City Of Peculiar.

We’re glad for those who chose the community of Peculiar. Welcome Home.

City 1911-2011

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