Nodaway County Courthouse, 2006
Location of city within Nodaway County and Missouri
U.S. Census Map of Maryville
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||James Fall |
|• City Manager||Greg McDanel |
|• City Clerk||Sheila Smail |
|• Total||5.80 sq mi (15.02 km2)|
|• Land||5.77 sq mi (14.94 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||1,152 ft (351 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||12,015|
|• Density||2,074.9/sq mi (801.1/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP code||64468 |
|FIPS code||29-46640 |
|GNIS feature ID||0721948 |
Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Points of interest
- 5 Recreation
- 6 Government
- 7 Education
- 8 Media
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Notable people
- 11 See also
- 12 Further reading
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The town, organized on February 14, 1845, was named for Mrs. Mary Graham, wife of Amos Graham, then the county clerk. Mary was the first woman of European descent to have lived within the boundaries of the site which would become Maryville.
1931 lynching incident
In 1931, a notorious lynching occurred in Maryville when a mob burned alive African American Raymond Gunn, who had confessed to killing and attempting to rape a 20 year-old white school teacher. The lynching attracted national attention and was frequently invoked in the unsuccessful campaign to pass the Wagner-Costigan Bill, which would have made it a federal crime for law enforcement officials to refuse to try to prevent a lynching.
2012 Legal Controversy
The Coleman Maryville case was a controversy in the United States concerning an incident that occurred in 2012. A significant controversy arose in Maryville in 2013 after the prosecution dropped felony charges related to two girls, aged 13 and 14. The case for the younger victim was held in juvenile court and the records are sealed. The 14 year old girl was found outside her home after two to three hours in freezing weather while her friend had gone inside to bed. One of the defendants is the grandson of a former state representative  The family of the 14 year old girl left Maryville due to alleged harassment from peers/local citizens. Their unsold house in Maryville burned almost a year after the Colemans moved away and was blamed on an electrical problem by the insurance company.
Outrage in online communities soon followed when the story surrounding this case was revisited in October 2013. On October 21, 2013, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Baker was picked to investigate the case.
On January 9, 2014 special prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker, announced that due to lack of evidence no felony charges would be filed. This decision was announced after Peters-Baker had the alleged victim and family reinterviewed by an investigator from the Missouri Highway Patrol. In addition to the alleged victim's oldest brother's conflicting statements, the alleged victim "was asked if she believed Mr. Barnett could have been under the impression the reported sexual contact could have been consensual." The alleged victim replied, "'He was drinking too, so yeah he could have.'"  Mr. Barnett pled guilty to misdemeanor second-degree endangerment of the welfare of a child for leaving her outside of her house. In a statement delivered through Peters-Baker from the victim's attorney, the victim thanked her supporters and said she was glad Barnett "took responsibility" by pleading guilty to the endangerment charge. Baker also announced that this case is now closed!
Maryville is located at  which is about 100 miles (160 km) north of the Kansas City metropolitan area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.80 square miles (15.02 km2), of which, 5.77 square miles (14.94 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.(40.345353, -94.871199),
The One Hundred and Two River, located on the eastern side of the city, is the primary source of power and water for the city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,972 people, 4,217 households, and 1,865 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,074.9 inhabitants per square mile (801.1 /km2). There were 4,543 housing units at an average density of 787.3 per square mile (304.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.3% White, 3.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 4,217 households of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.7% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 55.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the city was 22.7 years. 13.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 43.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.3% were from 25 to 44; 14.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,581 people, 3,913 households, and 1,835 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,102.8 people per square mile (812.2/km²). There were 4,227 housing units at an average density of 840.0 per square mile (324.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.78% White, 1.48% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.46% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 3,913 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.1% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 14.0% under the age of 18, 41.4% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The mean age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.
The mean income for a household in the city was $29,043, and the mean income for a family was $43,906. Males had a mean income of $30,444 versus $22,444 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,483. About 10.3% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
- Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
- Missouri State Arboretum
- Mozingo Lake Park and Golf Course
- Nodaway County Historical Society Museum
- Northwest Missouri State University
- Maryville Treatment Center
Maryville has ten city parks, which includes six baseball fields, several soccer and American football fields, a skate park, and a nature park. The city also maintains the Mozingo Lake Park and Golf Course. The golf course consists of 18 holes and is situated about the lake.
The city of Maryville is governed by a city council consisting of five members who are elected at-large and serve terms of three years. There is no limit to the number of terms that one can serve on the council. Each year, one of the council members is selected to serve as the mayor of the city and another as the mayor pro tem.
Primary and secondary education
The Maryville R-II School District contains 3 separate buildings:
- Maryville High School (Grades 9-12)
- Maryville Middle School (Grades 5-8)
- Eugene Field Elementary School (Grades Pre-K-4)
Maryville is also served by
- St. Gregory's Barbarigo School (Grades K-8)
- Horace Mann Laboratory School (Grades Pre-K-6)
- The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing (Grades 11-12)
Maryville is also home to Northwest Missouri State University.
Four licensed broadcast stations in the town are:
- KNIM - 1580 AM - Oldies and Regional News
- KZLX-LP - 106.7 FM - NWMSU Student Radio Station
- KVVL - 97.1 FM - Oldies, Classic rock, and Regional Sports
- KNIM 95.9 Pickup Country
- KXCV - 90.5 FM - NWMSU University Radio Station: Classical/Jazz, National Public Radio, and Bearcat Radio Network (NWMSU Sports) Flagship Station
There are two U.S. Highways in Maryville. U.S. Route 71 and U.S. Route 136 intersect on the eastern side of the city. A branch of US 71, U.S. Route 71 Business, serves as the main street for the city. Route 46, Route 148, and Route V also provide access outside of the city.
Maryville is served by the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport, which is a general aviation airport with no commercial service.
Maryville is home of St. Francis Hospital and Health Services. 
- Sarah Caldwell - Boston opera diva
- Dale Carnegie - author of How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Craig Cobb - white supremacist activist
- Homer Croy - author and screenwriter who wrote about life in Maryville
- Albert David - Medal of Honor recipient for capture of U-505 during World War II
- Forrest C. Donnell - Missouri Governor
- Elwood - Kentucky Derby winner born at Faustiana Farms
- Raymond Gunn - a black man burned to death by a mob of townsfolk in 1931
- Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones - horse trainer
- Darius Kinsey - photographer of logging industry
- Truman H. Landon - Air Force General
- Edward H. Moore - U.S. Senator in Oklahoma
- Albert P. Morehouse - Missouri Governor
- Lynne Overman - actor sidekick from the 1930s and 1940s
- Jim Spainhower - State Treasurer
- George S.E. Vaughn - accused Confederate spy who claimed to have been pardoned by Abraham Lincoln an hour before the President's assassination
- A Biographical History of Nodaway and Atchison Counties, Missouri; Lewis Publishing Company; 630 pages; 1901.
- The History of Nodaway County, Missouri; St. Joseph Steam Printing Company; 1034 pages; 1882.
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Maryville, Missouri; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 24, 1980.
- Mayor and Council; City of Maryville.
- Administration Staff; City of Maryville.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- A Biographical History of Nodaway and Atchison Counties Missouri, Compendium on National Biography, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1901. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- Lawrence O. Christensen, ed. (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. University of Missouri Press. pp. 359–361. ISBN 978-0826212221.
- "RACES: Lynching No. 1". Time. January 19, 1931. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "Colter-Gunn Incident Bibliography". B. D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Raper, Arthur F. (2003). The Tragedy of Lynching (African American). Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0486430980.
- Arnett, Dugan (12 October 2013). Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family, The Kansas City Star
- (11 July 2013). Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?, KCUR-FM
- David Von Drehle. Hackers Target Town After Dropped Sexual-Assault Case, Time, October 14, 2013
- Special prosecutor appointed to investigate Missouri rape case; LA Times; October 21, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- St. Francis Hospital - History
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maryville, Missouri.|
- City of Maryville
- Maryville Modern Matrix (article in April-May 2000 issue of Missouri Life)
- "Nodaway County Historical Society Museum"
- "Northwest Missouri State University"
- Historic maps of Maryville in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri