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570434feb8b79Dr. T.C. Miller's Drug Store<br /> Dr. T.C. Miller's Drug Store in Ash Grove, MO
Smith Bros<br /> Smith Bros Mercantile
Early days of Ash Grove<br /> Ash Grove City Bank & Grocery
AG Crescent Band AG Crescent Band on July 4, 1898
Ash Grove College<br /> The College in Ash Grove, MO
Train Depot<br /> The Train Depot in Ash Grove, MO
Man at the Train Depot
Downtown<br /> Downtown Ash Grove, MO
Downtown<br /> Downtown Ash Grove, MO
Elementary School<br /> This is the old elementary school
Main Street<br /> Main Street in early Ash Grove, MO
Main Street<br /> Main Street in early Ash Grove, MO
Newspaper Article - Event on Mainstreet<br /> Newspaper article of an event on Mainstreet in Ash Grove, MO
Newspaper Article - Mainstreet 1908<br /> Newspaper Article - Picture of Mainstreet in 1908
Newspaper Article - Main Street Bumper Pumpkin Crop<br /> Newspaper Article of the bumper pumpkin crop
Main Street<br /> Old picture of Main Street in 1909
The Chandler Home<br /> The Chandler Home
Dr. T.C. Miller's Drug Store
Dr. T.C. Miller's Drug Store in Ash Grove, MO
 

The Town of Ash Grove was incorporated in 1871, thirty-five years after frontiersman and military serviceman Nathan Boone and his wife Olive made their family's home in a grove of walnut and ash trees.  They raised fourteen children.  Nathan owned 1200 acres and eleven slaves when he died in 1856.

Joseph Kimbrough also put down roots when he built the town's first store in 1853.  Next came a blacksmith shop.  But, Ash Grove didn't significantly begin to grow until after the Civil War. 

When peace came, the rich territory in this place attracted many newcomers who organized the community as "The Town of Ash Grove"  The census of 1880 was 500 and within 30 years, it grew to more than 1,075, as citizens built a large number of stores, an opera house, hotels, churches, flour mills, electric lights and improved streets.  It was a growing into a prosperous little city.

Born in Ash Grove, Arizona Donnie Clark (1873-1935) is best known as Ma Barker, "a vicious dangerous and resourceful criminal brain," according to J. Edgar Hoover.  She was mother to four criminal sons in an era of celebrated gangsters.  At age 62, Ma was gunned down in a Florida shootout by the FBI.

Historic sites to see in Ash Grove include the Berry Cemetery, the Gilmore Octagonal Barn, the Phenix Marble Quarry, the 1800s Original Quarry of Ash Grove Cement Company, and the Abandoned “Leaky Roof” Rail Line, and the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site.