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The city of Brashear is in Salt River Township, Adair County, Missouri. Laid out in 1872, the city was named for Richard Matson Brashear, a local farmer who was the son of William G. Brashear, one of the first white settlers in the area, coming in 1842. Brashear was built near the site of a small village known as Paulville, or Paultown, which was founded in 1855 by Walker Paul. During the War of Northern Aggression, its grist mill was burned by Union troops. The Quincy, Missouri & Pacific Railroad ran its tracks to the area in 1872, building an rail depot a short distance south of Paulville, and the resulting town, Brashear, soon overran the small town of Paulville, as businesses relocated to be nearer to the railroad. Brashear is situated along Missouri Highway 6, east of the North Fork of the Salt River, with Hurdland to the east, Gibbs to the southwest, and Bullion to the west, and Kirksville to the northwest.



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