Introduction to Kirksville, Missouri
This area was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s. In 1841, it became the county seat of Adair County. The county was named in honor of John Adair, the then governor of Kentucky. Kirksville was named after its first postmaster, Jesse Kirk, who pledged turkey and free whiskey to surveyors in exchange for the city being named after him. The city was incorporated on January 30, 1857. It was the site of the Battle of Kirksville, which was fought during the American Civil War from August 6 - 9, 1862.
Kirksville and nearby Attractions
- Thousand Hills State Park
- Kirksville Aquatic Center
- Big Creek State Forest
- Adair County Historical Society Museum
- Leisure World
- Still National Osteopathic Museum
Things To Do In Kirksville
Local parks include the Big Creek State Forest, the Thousand Hills State Park and Sugar Creek State Forest. Lacey-Keosauqua State Park offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Local museums include the Adair County Historical Society Museum, the E. M. Violette Museum and the Still National Osteopathic Museum. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Kirksville Country Club.
Kirksville Regional Airport is nearby.
Kirksville Higher Education
Truman State University is located in Kirksville. Other nearby colleges include the Northeast Missouri Bible College and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.