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Piedmont, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri
Streetside in Piedmont
Streetside in Piedmont
Location of Piedmont, Missouri
Location of Piedmont, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Wayne
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick
 • Total 2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land 2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,977
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,966
 • Density 923.8/sq mi (356.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63957
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-57422[4]
GNIS feature ID 0751576[5]
Website City of Piedmont's Website

Piedmont is a fourth-class city located in northwestern Wayne County in Southeast Missouri in the United States. The population was 1,977 at the 2010 census. A part of the Ozarks Foothills Region, Piedmont is located on the convergence of State Highways 34 and 49. Piedmont, transliterated as "foot of the mountain," is named for its geographic placement at the foot of Clark's Mountain, a 1424-foot summit approximately two miles north of the town.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Education 4
    • Public schools 4.1
    • Private schools 4.2
  • Government 5
    • City/local 5.1
    • State 5.2
    • Federal 5.3
  • Climate 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The history of what would become known as Piedmont dates back to the mid-1850s. Most of the early settlers in the area were farmers and merchants. Piedmont actually began as a homestead where James and William Daniel, two brothers born and raised as farmers who fought in the War with Mexico, purchased property along McKenzie Creek with the intention of raising crops. William's land was not suitable for farming, so he instead decided to open a general store. The store attracted many customers which in turn, along with the inexpensive land in the area, prompted many other businesses to come to the village known as Danielsville, named after the two brothers who made it possible. Later, a school called the Blue Moon School was established and also held the first church services in the area. A post office was established in 1855 along with a stage coach service running from Ironton to Doniphan. The village grew and prospered steadily over the next four years as the population reached near 300.

The arrival of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad in 1871 played a major role in the development of Piedmont, bringing many supplies and workers and creating a demand for local timber.

Piedmont was named from the French words pied and mont, meaning "foot" and "mountain" respectively.[6]

Another major event in the history of Piedmont was the official opening of the Clearwater Lake Dam on Memorial Day, May 30, 1948. Construction of the project started in May 1940 and was completed by March 1942. However, World War II intervened and work stopped on the project, which was not fully completed until September 1958. Fed by the Black River, Clearwater Lake is a man-made lake located within six miles of the Piedmont city limits that controls flood waters in the winter and provides a major tourist attraction in the summer.

Piedmont is also known for its two nearby drive-in theaters, the Pine Hill Drive-In and the 21 Drive-In near Van Buren. These two drive-ins are among the 14 left in the state.[7]


Piedmont is located at .[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), of which, 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,977 people, 823 households, and 500 families residing in the city. The population density was 923.8 inhabitants per square mile (356.7/km2). There were 993 housing units at an average density of 464.0 per square mile (179.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 823 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 42.9 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,992 people, 869 households, and 528 families residing in the city. The population density was 955.5 people per square mile (369.8/km²). There were 959 housing units at an average density of 460.0 per square mile (178.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.09% White, 0.16% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population. Among the major first ancestries reported in Piedmont were 21.4% American, 11.6% German, 11.3% Irish, 8.6% English, 3.7% Dutch, and 2.5% French.

There were 869 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,678, and the median income for a family was $23,500. Males had a median income of $27,120 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,976. About 24.3% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


Among residents 25 years of age and older in Piedmont, 53.4% possess a high school diploma or higher, 7.9% have a bachelor's degree, and 2.6% hold a post-graduate/professional degree as their highest educational attainment.

Public schools

The Clearwater R-I School District serves the educational needs of most of the city's residents and nearby throughout most of western Wayne County. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, there is one elementary school, one middle school and one senior high school in the district. During the 2008-2009 school year, there was a total of 1,110 students and 111 certified staff members enrolled in the Clearwater R-I School District. The school colors are orange and black and its mascot is the tiger.

  • Clearwater Elementary School (PK-4)
  • Clearwater Middle School (5-8)
  • Clearwater High School (9-12)

Private schools

  • Victory Baptist Academy (PK-12)



The City of Piedmont is governed by Mayor William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick and a four-member city council. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) at Piedmont City Hall, 115 W. Green Street.

Piedmont Elected City Officials

  • Mayor: William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick
  • Ward I Aldermen: Brian Tutterow and Karin Townsend
  • Ward II Aldermen: Tracey Bennett and Scott Tucker
  • City Collector: Bill McMurry
  • Chief of Police: Richard Sanders

Piedmont Appointed City Officials

  • City Clerk: Tammy Thurman
  • City Treasurer: Dennis Ross
  • City Attorney: Robert M. Ramshur


Piedmont is a part of Missouri's 144th Legislative District and is currently represented by Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi, Missouri). In the Missouri Senate, State Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau, Missouri) represents Piedmont as part of Missouri's 27th Senatorial District.


Piedmont is included in Missouri's 8th congressional district and is currently represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jason T. smith (R-Salem, Missouri).


Piedmont has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Piedmont
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42
Average low °F (°C) 20
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.11
Source: [11]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 371. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Average weather for Piedmont, Missouri". Retrieved December 21, 2008. 

External links

  • City of Piedmont website
  • Official Piedmont-MO Website
  • Wayne County Journal Banner
  • Historic maps of Piedmont in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri
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