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Strafford, in Greene County, Missouri, is situated just east of Springfield. To its east is Holman, Marshfield is northeast, and Fair Grove is north, and Rogersville is south of Strafford. Interstate Highway 44 passes through Strafford, and the city is on the route of historic Route 66. Like many other towns, Strafford was formed as a stop along the railroad, after the South Pacific Railroad extended its track through Greene County shortly after the Civil War. In 1869, the US government granted fifty-five acres to Sarah Lane, whose husband died during the war. She granted thirty-three acres to form the town, and the community was incorporated as a village two years later, becoming a fourth-class city in 1961. The Trail of Tears passed through what is now downtown Strafford before the city was formed. Prior to the founding of Strafford, the few European-Americans living in the area were served by the Walnut Forest post office, a town about two miles northeast of Strafford, which ceased to exist shortly after Strafford was founded.


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