Tipton Ford, Missouri

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Tipton Ford
Unincorporated community
Tipton Ford is located in Missouri
Tipton Ford
Tipton Ford
Location within the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 36°58′36″N 94°25′34″W / 36.97667°N 94.42611°W / 36.97667; -94.42611Coordinates: 36°58′36″N 94°25′34″W / 36.97667°N 94.42611°W / 36.97667; -94.42611
Country United States
State Missouri
County Newton
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Tipton Ford is a small unincorporated community in Newton County, Missouri, United States, and located at the intersection of Interstate 49 and Route 175.[1] The community is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Tipton Ford was established in 1890, and remained in operation until 1923.[2] The community was named for a ford near the home of the Tipton family.[3]

In August 1914, tragedy struck Tipton Ford, when a Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad locomotive collided with another train, a result of faulty communication. Thirty-eight passengers and five crew members were killed. From 1906 to 1946, the M&NA provided passenger and freight service from Joplin to Helena in eastern Arkansas.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tipton Ford, Missouri
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Newton County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "H. Glenn Mosenthin, "Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad"". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved April 28, 2013.