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The city of Excelsior Springs, Missouri is in both Clay and Ray counties. Founded in 1880, the community was named for the mineral springs that were discovered in the area, including two of the six iron-manganese springs in the world. Before long, the city became a popular destination for conventions and other events, as well as a producer of bottled water. Excelsior Springs was incorporated as a village in 1880, and as a fourth class city in 1881. Due to its popularity as a health resort area, Excelsior Springs was not overly affected by the Great Depression, gaining in population while other Missouri towns were declining. President Harry S. Truman was staying at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs on election day of 1948, when he won reelection over Thomas E. Dewey. Excelsior Springs is bordered on the west by Allen Heights, while Autumn Meadows is to the northwest, Elkhorn to the southeast, and Vibbard to the northeast.


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