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Bolivar, Missouri

Bolivar, Missouri

Bolivar is a city of about 9,500 people located on Highway 13 between Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri. It is surrounded by recreational lake areas that furnish good fishing and all types of wild game. Bolivar also has an excellent and plentiful work force with the type of people that it takes to make manufacturing and business successful. We of the Bolivar area are proud of our good schools, churches, health care facilties, university, and our strong business and farming community.

Fishing, hunting, boating, and camping are all available to Bolivar area residents and visitors just 15 miles away at Lake Pomme de Terre to the north and Stockton Lake to the west. Just 30 miles to the north, Truman Lake also offers unlimited recreational opportunities. A nine-hole and an 18-hole golf course are located west and south of the city.

Bolivar has existed as a city since November 10, 1835, when proclaimed as such by the Polk County Court and designated as the county seat. The settlement which was to become Bolivar developed along the trail used by the Overland Stage, hence the reason Bolivar's streets do not run true north and south, instead being offset about 22 degrees to the west. The location of Bolivar as a settlement was also directly related to Keeling Spring now commemorated by a monument.

Bolivar was named after a city in Tennessee which initially was named after General Simon Bolivar when news reached the United States of the heroic military feats which were being achieved in South America. Three grandsons of Ezekiel Polk who settled the Tennessee town in 1823, moved to this Missouri area and submitted the names of Polk and Bolivar to the newly formed county and county seat in honor of their grandfather and the town where he was living. Ezekiel Polk distinguished himself as a colonel in George Washington's Revolutionary Army and it seemed fitting that the two names symbolized liberation.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Simon Bolivar Statue

Bolivar, the county seat, was laid out by William Jamieson in 1835

Bolivar, MO Arts

Polk County Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse, completed in 1907, dominates the square in the county seat of Bolivar. Both the county and the city were organized in 1835. The county covers 642 square miles and is home to about 27,000

Bolivar, MO Historic Courthouses

Golf Courses

Bolivar Country Club is a nine hole golf course, located along Highway 32 West, is open to the public for daily green fees or membership.

Silo Ridge Country Club is a semi-private course with over 6,800

Bolivar, MO Golf Courses

Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art

The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art is the permanent home of the Dunnegan and Wainscott art collections. The wide range of individualistic styles and subjects makes the gallery an ideal place for an "on the spot"

Bolivar, MO Arts

Northward Museum / Polk County Historical Society

The North Ward Museum is housed in the North Ward Elementary School built in 1903 which was purchased by a local family and donated to the Historical Society of Polk County. Hundreds of objects and documents touching on area history are on display and stored in the Museum'

Bolivar, MO Museums

Things to do near Bolivar, MO

Stockton State Park

This 2,176-acre park overlooks Stockton Lake and offers camping, motel, dining, picnicking and trails, plus a marina, swimmin...

Pomme de Terre Hunting

Hunters will find a variety of game, including rabbit, dove, squirrel, turkey, deer, and waterfowl at Pomme de Terre. Hunting...

Wheatland Settlers Village

Town Square Wheatland. Eleven authentic log buildings from Hickory County Craft Shops. Mid-September festival....

Montserrat Vineyards

Situated atop historic Civil War lookout. Bristle Ridge. Winery and vineyard tours. Scenic outdoor seating....

Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site

Only Missourian elected U.S. President was born here May 8, 1884. He was the 33rd President, serving 1945-53. Six-room frame ...