Situated along the Missouri River, Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri. The city was first surveyed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of the early 1800s, and a permanent settlement was established in 1821. Daniel Morgan Boone, whose father was the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, planned the community near the mouth of the Osage River, and Jefferson City was incorporated in 1839. With a population of about 40,000, the city has grown gradually and steadily since the 1980s, benefiting from its agricultural and manufacturing industries.
Downtown Jefferson City has preserved its old buildings and added landscaping for a walkable downtown experience, including sidewalk dining. The beautiful Missouri State Capitol building is in the downtown area, facing the river.
There are around 17,000 houses in Jefferson City and about 60 percent are owner-occupied.
A special commission formed in the 1820s created Jefferson City specifically to serve as the state capital and as the state government expanded in the early 1900s, so did the city's economy. The city's core industry -- manufacturing -- was firmly established by the 1960s and since then Jefferson City has been a prominent producer of construction materials, machinery, transportation equipment, furniture and dairy products. As the result of its rail and river facilities, Jefferson City is an important agricultural processing center.
Other important businesses in the city include:
Jefferson has several institutions of higher learning:
Jefferson City features a number of attractive open spaces:
Located in the Union Hotel on the Jefferson Landing Historic Site, Elizabeth Rozier Gallery features art exhibits and hosts alternating exhibits during the year.
Show-Me Showboaters Barbershop Chorus is a barbershop quartet that performs for conferences, wedding receptions, and birthday celebrations. Wearing both formal and casual attire, the Barbershop Chorus sings a variety of music genres, including gospel and barbershop numbers.
Capital City Players Dinner Theatre, located on Linden Drive, features onstage entertainment and a full buffet meal. Patrons are permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages to the performance. Performances are held at the renovated Shikles Center, which seats as many as 180 people and includes an 18-foot by 32-foot stage.
The Cole County Historical Museum, originally built by Governor B. Gratz Brown in 1871, contains an impressive collection of antiques, artifacts, and historical documents pertaining to Jefferson City.
The Museum of Missouri Military History celebrates the militia in Jefferson City, which has been active since 1808.
The Missouri State Capitol is situated on West Capitol Avenue and contains the Missouri State Museum. The chief attraction of the building site is the great dome, which rises almost 240 feet above ground level and is capped by a bronze statue of Ceres, the goddess of vegetation. The structure's other architectural features are the south side's eight 48-foot columns and the north side's six 40-foot columns, as well as the grand stairway and its Romanesque bronze front doors.
Jefferson City has a busy events calendar:
Local residents obtain their news from the daily Jefferson City News Tribune.