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Laid out in 1857, the city of Holden, in Johnson County, Missouri, was named for Major Nathaniel Holden, a local politician who helped to bring the Missouri Pacific Railroad to the area. Later, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad also served the town. At the time of the American Civil War, there were only about sixteen families in Holden, and many of its buildings were burned during the war. Carrie Nation, the radical leader of the temperance movement, lived and taught school in Holden in the 1870s. Missouri Highways 58 and 131 pass through Holden, which is south of Pittsville, southwest of Warrensburg, north of Medford, and northeast of Hadsell.


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