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Norborne, in Carroll County, Missouri, was founded by and named for Norborne B. Coates, a civil engineer for the railroad, in 1868. The town began as a railroad town, and has had several railroads, including the North Missouri Railroad, the St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railroad, the Wabash Railroad, and the Santa Fe Railroad, which completed its tracks to Norborne in 1878. Norborne was incorporated as a town in 1874, becoming a fourth-class city in 1878. Although not without commercial businesses, Norborne is primarily an agricultural community. Each August, the city hosts an annual Soybean Festival, prompted by its successful soybean production. Today, Missouri Highways 10 and D pass through the town, US Highway 24/65 is east of Norborne, and the Missouri River is to the south. Carrollton is east of the city, Sugartree is southeast, Hardin is southwest, and Rockingham and Russellville are to the northwest.



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