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Lathrop, Missouri is in Clinton County. The community began as a railroad stop along the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in 1866. Named for the treasurer of the railroad, the town was platted in 1867. Shortly afterward, another railroad was constructed and connected to the main line of the Santa Fe, and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad was merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad, which served the city until 1962, when it was discontinued. Lathrop was incorporated in 1869, and became a fourth-class city in 1881. At one point, the largest pack mule production farm in the world was in Lathrop, supplying thousands of mules for use during the Boer War of 1901 and 1902, and more during World War I. According to records, there were days when up to a hundred trains went through Lathrop, transporting mules out and bringing feed in. In 1899, one of the largest sunbonnet manufacturing factories in the Midwest opened in Lathrop and the Lathrop Bottling Works, established in 1912, bottled eight flavors of soft drinks. Today, Lathrop is a city of about two thousand people, accessed through Missouri Highways 116 and 33. Interstate Highway 35 is east of Lathrop, Kansas City is about 37 miles to the southwest, and St. Joseph is 39 miles to the northwest.



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