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Founded in 1866 and named for Colonel William E. Moberly, the superintendent of the Chariton and Randolph County Railroada, the city of Moberly is in Randolph County, Missouri. Moberly is located in the Little Dixie region of Missouri, settled primarily by migrants from the hemp and tobacco districts of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Situated at the junction of the North Missouri Railroad and the Chariton and Randolph Railroads, Moberly was a railroad town. As its placement was only a mile south of the village of Allen, these residents were among the first citizens of Moberly, which supplanted the smaller community. Becoming a center for the Wabash Railroad system, Moberly grew rapidly, earning the nickname, “The Magic City.” General Omar Nelson Bradley, the last of only nine people to hold a five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces, graduated from Moberly High School in 1910. Today, Moberly is accessed by US Highway 63 or US Highway 24, which intersect in north Moberly. Kimberly is adjacent to Moberly on the west side, while Randolph Springs is further west. Milton and Evansville are to the east.


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