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Named for John C. Calhoun, the 7th Vice President of the United States, the city of Calhoun is in Henry County, in northwestern Missouri. Laid out in 1837, Calhoun was the first town in Henry County. Credit for founding the town goes to James Nash of Tennessee, who donated a two-acre square for a public park and hired John S. Lingle to plat the village. Calhoun lost its bid for the county seat to Clinton in 1841, largely because its location was not near the geographical center of the county. Although Calhoun was settled before the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway extended its track to the region in 1870, the arrival of the railroad spurred the growth of the new town, offering all-weather transportation for shipping and receiving manufactured goods, and the village was incorporated that same year. The portion of the railroad that runs through Calhoun was known as the Katy Trail. The village is located along Missouri Highway 52, which runs through the center of town, as well as Highways J and V. Calhoun is southwest of Windsor.

 

 

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