Jefferson City, MO 65101
Jefferson City, Missouri
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Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri, a state of the United States of America. It is the principal city of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of both Callaway and Cole Counties. As of the 2000 census, the population is 39,636. It is the county seat of Cole County. Part of the city is in Callaway County, Missouri, United States.
In pre-Columbian times, this region was home of an ancient people known only as the Mound Builders. By the time European settlers began arriving here, the Mound Builders had already vanished into history and the indigenous peoples were called the Osage Indians. (See Also: Osage Nation)
Jefferson City was named after the third president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson. When the Missouri Territory was organized in 1812, St. Louis was the seat of government. St. Charles served as the capital until Jefferson City was chosen as the new capital in 1821. In 1821 Jefferson City was known as Lohman's Landing. When the city was first chosen to be the state capital, they proposed the name "Missouriopolis", but later settled on Jefferson
City. It was little more than a trading post located in the wilderness about midway between St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1826 the Missouri legislature first met here. In 1839 the site was incorporated as a city.
Jefferson City is in the Ozarks on the Missouri River near the geographic center of the state, and is dominated by a beautiful domed Capitol, rising from a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark passed beneath that bluff on their historic expedition.
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