Welcome To Brunswick, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 25.958 W 093° 09.008
15S E 487078 N 4364799
Quick Description: The Pecan Capitol of the World
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 7:03:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMMZ32
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:

County of sign: Chariton County
Location of sign: W. Broadway St. (US 24), W. end of city limits, across from MO 11, Brunswick

Text of sign:

Welcome To BRUNSWICK
Missouri

Brunswick City Council
WHEN YOU GET TO THE FORK IN THE ROAD
TAKE IT
Buses Welcome

Well, that is the major text, but the logo on the side says: "Pecan Capitol / Brunswick Missouri".
That would be the writing in the big cross, looks like a railroad crossing sign or huge propeller. In the triangle boxes created by the cross is a pecan, US and Confederate flags crossed, A mountain man (like Daniel Boone), and a river steam boat.
All appropriate because this town today sits on the Grand River, BUT in 1804 this was the banks of the Missouri River. The Missouri has moved a couple miles south and that opened the river bed for the Grand River to move it mouth.

Home of the Worlds Largest Pecan

"Brunswick is a rural city in Chariton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 858 at the 2010 census. Brunswick, by official state proclamation, is the Pecan Capital of Missouri. The Missouri Farmers Association (MFA Incorporated) was founded in Brunswick in 1914.

"For thousands of years varying cultures of indigenous peoples settled by the Missouri River. At the time of European contact, historical tribes in the area included the Missouri, Osage, Kaw, Otoe and others. In 1723 Etienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont built Fort Orleans near here, established on the Missouri River near the mouth of the Grand River. It was occupied 1723-1726 as the first multi-year European fort and settlement in present-day Missouri. It was to be a trading centerpiece of La Louisiane, the new territory claimed by the French.

"Following the Louisiana Purchase and the end of the French colonial period the area saw a large influx of immigrants from the U.S., especially Kentucky and Tennessee. They brought African-American slaves and slaveholding traditions with them. The new land owners planted and cultivate crops similar to those in the Upper South: hemp and tobacco. Chariton was one of several counties along the Missouri River to become known as Little Dixie.

"The original town of Brunswick was laid out in 1836 by James Keyte. Keyte, an English immigrant and Methodist minister, was also the founder of Keytesville, Missouri, the county seat of Chariton County. It was named after Brunswick, in England. The original town plat was about 500 yards south of its current location, but due to changes in the Missouri and Grand Rivers the location is now underwater. Mr. Keyte established the first store in the town, and its first industry, a sawmill. Early growth was slow for the community with the population estimated at around 125 citizens by 1840. However in the early 1840s a large influx of new residents increased the size of the town and scope of business offerings. They would include a hotel, a wagon maker, brick factory, and a pork packing facility. Doctor Edwin Price, brother of famed Confederate general Sterling Price, was an early settler. In the decades leading up to the American Civil War surrounding counties had no railroad over which to ship or receive goods and crops, thus Brunswick with its steamboat access, became a regional trading center. In 1849 Brunswick recorded 534 arrivals and departures by steamboats. The first school was established at Brunswick in June, 1840 with approximately thirty-five students and a one-room log schoolhouse. It was also in 1840 that the first wave of German immigrants arrived in the Brunswick area. Another influx of Germans took place in 1842. The Brunswicker, the towns first newspaper, began publication in October, 1847 and continues today, making it one of the state's oldest. Brunswick's first bank, a branch of the Merchants Bank of St. Louis, opened. After the Civil War and the loss of their slaves, farmers shifted to other less labor-intensive, crops. However in 1880 Chariton County still led the state of Missouri in tobacco production, with 14 million pounds harvested. After nearly ten years of delay due to the war, the railroad finally reached Brunswick in 1867, reducing the reliance on steamboats to transport goods and people.

"Dr. W.W. Bowen established the Brunswick Institute of Pharmacy in 1910. The school would train more than 5,000 pharmacists and druggists before closing in 1937. In 1914, farmers organized the Missouri Farmers Association (MFA), a cooperative, based in Brunswick. It has since moved to Columbia, Missouri. Brunswick saw a growth of industry through the mid-20th century, with the construction of an alfalfa drying plant constructed in 1939, the Chariton Electric Company in 1958, in 1965 the opening of the Tuloma Fertilizer blending plant, and in 1970 the establishment of a glove factory. Also in 1965 the U.S. Coast Guard built a small base near Brunswick to service increased river traffic, however the facility was relatively short-lived, closing in March 1973.

"Following World War II, Brunswick became the center of an area of pecan groves. In 1972 State Representative Creason secured a state proclamation naming Brunswick the Pecan Capital of Missouri. The Brunswick Pecan Festival was first held in 1980, celebrating the large number of pecans being harvested in the area. It would become an annual tradition that continues each October. The world's largest 20th-century pecan—a concrete replica—is visible along Highway 24 three miles east of Brunswick. It measures seven by twelve feet and weighs twelve thousand pounds. It was constructed in 1982 by George James in honor of the Starking Hardy Giant pecan, which he discovered on his property in 1947" ~ Wikipedia

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