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Located in Flat Creek Township, Cassville is the county seat of Barry County, Missouri. The city was established as the county seat when it was platted in 1845, and named for Brigadier General Lewis Cass. As with much of Missouri, Cassville residents were divided during the Civil War, which was difficult for the town, as both Union and Confederate troops came through Cassville on the Old Wire Road that connected Springfield to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Only one home still survives from the Civil War times. The Missouri General Assembly met in Cassville on October 31, 1861, and Missouri’s Articles of Secession were signed there, as the town served as Missouri’s state capital for one week. In 1896, the Cassville and Exeter Railroad, the shortest standard gauge railroad in the country, operated until the late 1950s, connecting the two towns. Situated in southwestern Missouri, Cassville is accessed primarily by Missouri Highways 37, 76, and 112. Butterfield is north-northwest of Cassville, Exeter is to the west, and Mineral Spring and the Mark Twain National Forest is to the east.

 

 

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