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Plattsburg Recent History

In 2008, Plattsburg celebrated its 175th year anniversary.  Over the years, the City has kept its promise to step from its rich historical background into a very promising future.

By 1956 there were 275 local customers using natural gas from wells located east of the city limits.

In 1967, Plattsburg's size expanded in when a man-made ten-acre lake (Lake Concord) was built to attract new housing. 

Lake Concord
  New Additions
The new Plattsburg City Hall opened for business in April of 2002.  The new building, just west of Main Street on Maple, houses the city department offices, the Plattsburg Police Department, and features a very functional City Council Chamber.
The Clinton County School District proudly unveiled the new $6.2 million expansion of Plattsburg High School in August of 2003. The new addition includes a new gymnasium that has already been used to host district tournaments, an outstanding performing arts center, new classrooms and a new weight and training facility. 

The performing arts center features theater seating for over 400, lighting and sound technology that makes it possible to host professional caliber musicals, theatrical and speaking performances.

On Memorial Day 2004, the new Plattsburg Municipal Pool was opened for the recreational use of the city and area. Built on land donated by the family of Bill Bodenhausen, "Bodies Pool" has enjoyed many seasons. The pool features a 68-foot winding slide, zero-depth entry for children, a one-meter diving board, swimming lanes and a neatly landscaped surrounding. The pool is located on Frost Street, across the street from Ellis Elementary School.

Due to rare insight and hard work by many citizens, most notably Ted Moore, who served as the Director of Public Works from 1959 until the mid-1990s, the City now boasts recreation facilities like Perkins Park and the Plattsburg Country Club.

Perkins Park, one of five city parks, is located just off Highway 116 at the south end of town. The 58-acre park has a youth football field,  three baseball fields, three soccer fields, two tennis courts, three shelters used for meetings or picnics, rest rooms and  playground equipment. Perkins Park was developed with the cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers and sits on Corps land near the upper reaches of the popular Smithville Lake. 

Plattsburg County Club is a private golf facility located next to the high school. It expanded to 18 challenging holes in 1995 covering 6,120 yards from the blue tees. It's a par 71 over rolling hills with a little water around just for the excitement. One of the features of the club is Plattsburg's waste water effluent is reused to water each fairway and green. The club also features a swimming pool.   
Revitalization Campaign
In 2004, Larry Fisher, a local attorney, began a campaign to revitalize Plattsburg's Downtown, and as a result, the "Main Street Improvement's Committee" was formed.  In 2005, the City of Plattsburg was awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to aid with the cost of renovation and beautifying the Downtown Business District.
The plan, in coordination with the City of Plattsburg, was to repave roads, repair sidewalks, and install vintage light poles and lighting downtown. To eliminate many of the utility poles and overhead wires, the lines were moved underground and the downtown streets were repaved. Local welder, Eric Carter designed and built the benches, trash receptacles, and planters which are displayed throughout Plattsburg's Historic Downtown. The overall plan was a long-range improvement that neared completion in the fall of 2006. The initial stage of the renovation cost about $500,00. 
Persons interested in donating benches ($850), planters ($532) or trash receptacles ($543) may do so at City Hall.  Checks are made to the City of Plattsburg and are tax deductible.
The Community Courtyard--Then and Now
The Community Courtyard, an elegant old brick building sitting in the heart of the downtown district, was revitalized in the 1980's.  Originally, during the bustling 1850s, a carriage works and livery stable sprang up on the corner of Second Street and Maple in downtown Plattsburg. It was not a typical livery stable of wood slats and cheap construction. Instead it was a sturdy brick structure, two stories tall with graceful arches on all four sides. The building was one of the first permanent structures in town. Its nearest neighbor, what is now the corner of Second Street and Locust, was a church. Historic church documents record a congregation member's complaints: the braying of mules in the stable sometimes interrupted Sunday services. 

More than 150 years later, the mules are gone, but the carriage works is still standing. It has changed over the decades, having become a roller skate factory, a granary, a frame shop and in an ironic twist, a business that customized cars: horseless carriages.

The building fell on hard times in the 1980s, and local citizens formed a not-for-profit corporation to save this important part of the town's history. They relied entirely on the generosity of citizens and businesses to raise more than $400,00 in cash an din-kind donations. Workers from Hallmark of Kansas City pitched in with local craftsmen to lovingly renovate the old building.

After more than two years of work, the building re-opened as a gathering place for all occasions. It also houses the Food Pantry run by the Ministerial Alliance, to help provide groceries and other needs for families who need assistance. Today, this unique two-story community treasure is open to the public. It hosts banquets, meetings, children's parties, or nearly any event you can imagine. 

Solid Utility Base

The City has completed Phase 1 of a three-phase plan to upgrade and expand the water plant. Since demand for water has increased 50% since the year 2000, the expansion triples the water capacity of the plant in 2010.

Curbside recycling is also now available through the City for tin, paper, cardboard, aluminum and glass. The city also picks up solid waste (trash) on a weekly basis, and this service is free to senior citizens.
 

Future Generations
In 1983 a "Time Capsule" was placed into the ground near the statue of David Rice Atchison at the Clinton County Courthouse.  The time capsule is to be opened in the year 2033, at the time of Plattsburg's Sesquicentennial Celebration.
 
Related Pages:
City of Plattsburg
Parks
City Pool

Related Links:

Plattsburg Country Club
The Community Courtyard

 

 

Web sponsored by:   

Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 134
Plattsburg, MO 64477
816-539-2649

 

Special thanks to The Clinton County Leader and RT Photography
for donating many of the pictures for use on this site and
to Marti Spease-Riddle for the picture of the Christian Church used in the header for this website.