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Platted in 1880, and named for John Skirving Maitland, a surveyor for the Nodaway Valley Railroad, the city of Maitland is in Holt County, Missouri. Before being abandoned, the railroad was later taken over by the Burlington Northern Railroad. A Maitland farmer by the name of David Ward King invented the King road drag, consisting of two logs lashed together, which was an early method of grading roads. The town is primarily agricultural and, during the early 1900s, the town produced a large amount of bluegrass seed, but in the 1950s and 1960s, bluegrass seed production moved to communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Today, the city’s population is in decline, a state that has affected several rural communities in Missouri. Missouri Highway A passes through Maitland. Pumpkin Center is eleven miles east of Maitland, Skidmore is about seven miles to the north, New Point is eleven miles south, and Fairfax is twenty-eight miles northwest.



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