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Clever, Missouri is in the panhandle of Christian County, on the Springfield Plateau of the Missouri Ozarks. The area that was to become the city of Clever was mostly unsettled by whites for several years after Missouri became a state in 1821. The first land transaction was completed in 1845. The area began to be settled when the Old Wire Road was built, following the Great Osage Trail. Before the town was founded, a Civil War battle took place nearby on August 2, 1861, with the Union forces of General Nathaniel Lyon coming against those of the Confederate General Benjamin McCulloch, Arkansas State Troops under General Nicholas Pearce, and the Missouri State Guard under General Sterling Price, who was also the Missouri governor. Despite being outnumbered more than two to one, the Union prevailed. This was a precursor to the Battle of Wilson’s Creek eight days later. After the war, a road was built from Springfield to Billings, Missouri, crossing Old Wire Road, and this was the road that prompted the founding of the city of Clever. Ike Teague built a two-story home at the crossroads in 1890, which later became a store and post office. Other businesses and homes followed. Clever is north of Union City, west of Boaz, southwest of Terrell, and south of Republic. The Wilson Creek Battlefield National Park is northeast of Clever.



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