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Bolivar City

Polk County, Missouri

Bolivar City Hall is located at 345 South Main Avenue, Bolivar, MO 65613; phone: 417‑326‑2489.


Settlement of the area that would become Bolivar began in the early 1830s. When Polk County was established in 1834, Bolivar was created to serve as the county seat. The Southwest Baptist College moved to town in 1879. Train service was established in 1884. By 1915 the town had a population of 2,000. [1]

  1. Debbie Sheals, contractor, Bolivar Public Library, Polk County, MO, nomination document, 2003, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.