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Marshall, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Marshall, Missouri
Coordinates: 39°6′58″N 93°11′52″W / 39.11611°N 93.19778°W / 39.11611; -93.19778
Country United States
State Missouri
County Saline
 - Mayor Pro Tem Lorna Alexander
 - Total 10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 - Land 10.1 sq mi (26.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 764 ft (233 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 12,433
 Density 1,225.4/sq mi (473.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65340
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-46316[1]
GNIS feature ID 0721900[2]

Marshall is a city in Saline County, Missouri, United States. The population was 12,433 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Saline County,[3]. The Marshall Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Saline County. It is also home to Missouri Valley College. Marshall was named after the statesman and jurist John Marshall (1755-1835).



Marshall is located at 39°6′58″N 93°11′52″W / 39.11611°N 93.19778°W / 39.11611; -93.19778 (39.116210, -93.197854)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.78%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,433 people, 4,732 households, and 2,985 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,225.4 people per square mile (472.9/km²). There were 5,127 housing units at an average density of 505.3/sq mi (195.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.05% White, 7.40% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 3.46% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.17% of the population.

There were 4,732 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,649, and the median income for a family was $36,686. Males had a median income of $26,556 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,646. About 12.5% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Censorship debate

In October 2006, a resident of Marshall attempted to have the graphic novels Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Blankets by Craig Thompson removed from the Marshall Public Library.[5] Supporters of the books' removal characterized them as "pornography" and expressed concern that they would be read by children.[6] Marshall Public Library Director Amy Crump defended the books as having been well-reviewed in "reputable, professional book review journals," and characterized the removal attempt as a step towards "the slippery slope of censorship". [5][6] On October 11, 2006, the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees appointed a committee to create a materials selection policy, and removed Fun Home and Blankets from circulation until the new policy was approved.[7][8] On March 14, 2007, the board voted to return both Fun Home and Blankets to the library's shelves.[9]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b Sims, Zach (2006-10-03). "Library trustees to hold hearing on novels". The Marshall Democrat-News. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  6. ^ a b Sims, Zach (2006-10-05). "Library board hears complaints about books/Decision scheduled for Oct. 11 meeting". The Marshall Democrat-News. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  7. ^ Brady, Matt (2006-10-12). "MARSHALL LIBARAY BOARD VOTES TO ADOPT MATERIALS SELECTION POLICY". Newsarama. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  8. ^ Sims, Zach (2006-10-12). "Library board votes to remove 2 books while policy for acquisitions developed". The Marshall Democrat-News. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  9. ^ Harper, Rachel (2007-03-15). "Library board approves new policy/Material selection policy created, controversial books returned to shelves". The Marshall Democrat-News. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MARSHALL, a city and the county-seat of Saline county, Missouri, U.S.A., situated a little W. of the centre of the state, near the Salt Fork of the La Mine River. Pop. (1890), 4297; (1900), 5086, of whom 208 were foreign-born and 98 were negroes. It is served by the Missouri Pacific and the Chicago & Alton railways. The city is laid out regularly on a high, undulating prairie. It is the seat of Missouri Valley College (opened 1889; coeducational), which was established by the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and includes a preparatory department and a conservatory of music. The court-house (1883), a Roman Catholic convent and a high school (1907) are the principal buildings. The Missouri colony for the feeble-minded and epileptic (1899) is at Marshall. The principal trade is with the surrounding farming country. The municipality owns and operates the waterworks. Marshall was first settled and was made the county seat in 1839; it became a town in 1866 (re-incorporated 1870) and a city in 1878.

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