Ballard, Missouri

Coordinates: 38°21′41″N 94°08′36″W / 38.36139°N 94.14333°W / 38.36139; -94.14333
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Ballard is an unincorporated community in northeast Bates County, in the U.S. state of Missouri[1] and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The community is located on Missouri Route 18 approximately four miles west of the Bates-Henry county line. Adrian on U.S. Route 71 is about ten miles to the west. Tributaries of North Deepwater Creek drain the area to the south.[2]


Ballard was named for Hon. J. N. Ballard, a county judge and afterward state senator.[3] A post office was briefly located in Ballard before it was replaced by Rural Free Delivery routes. A 1918 Bates County history reported that the mercantile store in Ballard had a "nice, clean stock of merchandise".[4]

Ballard R-2 School District provides education for the community.[5]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ballard, Missouri
  2. ^ Spruce, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1962
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 285.
  4. ^ Atkeson, William Oscar (1918). History of Bates County, Missouri. Brookhaven Press. p. 670.
  5. ^ "Home". Ballard R-2 School District. Retrieved September 20, 2020.

38°21′41″N 94°08′36″W / 38.36139°N 94.14333°W / 38.36139; -94.14333