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The city of Parkville, Missouri is in Platte County, in northwestern Missouri. The community was named for George S. Park, who owned the steamboat landing concession on the Missouri River in 1838, shortly after the Platte Purchase opened the area for settlement by European Americans. He also served as the town’s first postmaster, and organized the Parkville Presbyterian Church, which is still a prominent congregation. In 1853, Park established an abolitionist newspaper that was raided by a pro-slavery mob in 1855. Later, Park contributed land for a university, which was established in 1875 and is now known as Park University. Parkville is situated along the north banks of the Missouri River. Riverside, Northmoor and Houston Lake are to the east, Lake Waukomis is to the northeast, Weatherby Lake is to the north, and Waldron is to the northwest. Kansas City, Missouri is just under ten miles southeast of Parkville.


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