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Location of Koshkonong, Missouri
|• Total||0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)|
|• Land||0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||974 ft (297 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||216|
|• Density||1,177.8/sq mi (454.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0720691|
Koshkonong was named for its numerous sinkhole ponds and small lakes that reminded the construction supervisor of its original railroad's favorite duck hunting spot in Wisconsin, Lake Koshkonong, which was named after wild rice by Native Americans. The sinkholes are part of a karst system and serve as recharge for Mammoth Spring, 10 miles south in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.
Koshkonong was once part of southern Missouri's fruitbelt that sprung up along the railroads in the area. Due to thousands of acres of large peach orchards and numerous packing plants, Koshkonong once billed itself as the "Peach Capitol of the World". The orchards' trees eventually succumbed to disease and non-productivity, and have since been replaced with pasture land.
Although Koshkonong's glory days have since faded, it still has a public K-12 school, post office, public library, senior center, volunteer fire department, historic museum, and several churches. Businesses in operation consist of a convenience store/truckstop, small meat processing plant, wholesale outlet, and feed store outside of town. A sizable hardwood flooring mill, located at Koshkonong, is one of the largest employers in Oregon County.
Beef cattle are raised on numerous cow/calf operations throughout the countryside. Meat goats are becoming more popular and an auction market specializing in goats and exotics has been built at nearby Brandsville, Missouri for this purpose.
Recreational and hunting opportunities include Cover Prairie Conservation Area, a former hog farm renaturalized for preservation of bobwhite quail and predatory raptors and donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Warm Fork Conservation Area is a MDC property offering hunting, hiking, and the springfed Warm Fork Creek. Grand Gulf State Park is a popular state park operated by Missouri DNR and owned by the L-A-D Foundation. Grand Gulf is a collapsed cavern and also recharges Mammoth Spring. Hiking and picnicking are popular at Grand Gulf.
Koshkonong is located at (36.595356, -91.645360).
As of the census of 2010, there were 212 people, 85 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,177.8 inhabitants per square mile (454.8/km2). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 566.7 per square mile (218.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.51% White, 0.47% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 0.47% from other races, and 6.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.
There were 85 households of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 39 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 205 people, 91 households, and 53 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,087.6 people per square mile (416.6/km²). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 573.0 per square mile (219.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.63% White, 1.95% Native American, 1.46% Asian, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.
There were 91 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $15,341, and the median income for a family was $16,250. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $14,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,893. About 41.8% of families and 44.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 45.2% of those sixty five or over.
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- School District (Oregon Howell R-III)
- Historic maps of Koshkonong in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri