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Republic, Missouri is in both Christian and Green counties, in the southwestern part of the state. The original settlement of the area was in what is now the Little York neighborhood, but when the Frisco Railroad bypassed the area by about two miles when it came through in 1872, settlement moved to the Brookline area, which was on the rail line. Republic was platted in 1879 but, while the railroad passed through Republic, initially there were no plans for a switch or a depot in that city. Later, the community raised a public subscription of a thousand dollars to build a depot in Republic, which attributed to the town’s growth. In 2005, Republic and Brookline consolidated, although Brookline has retained its identity through an intergovernmental agreement that retains the Brookline city limit signs denoting the original village near the Brookline post office. Consequently, businesses and residences carrying a Brookline postal address are actually in Republic. Republic is accessed primarily through US Highway 60, which is also Missouri Highway 413. The Wilson’s Creek Civil War battlefield is just east of Republic, although Republic was not an incorporated town at the time of the war. Billings is southwest of Republic, and Springfield is about thirteen miles northeast of the city.

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