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Friday, 31 October 2014 02:19

Animal Control

You may contact City Hall, Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at (417) 468-2310 or (417) 859-2352 to report an aggressive animal at large, bites cases, or to claim an impounded animal. For any incidents afters hours, please call 911 dispatch. 

The City of Marshfield requires that all animals subject to contracting rabies be vaccinated against the disease. Animals shall have a City issued tag for each animal. There is no charge for registering an animal, however proof of rabies vaccination is required to obtain a tag. If an animal is impounded by the City for any reason, the owner must pay a fee of $10.00, plus any boarding fees, and provide proof of rabies vaccination. Any animal not redeemed by the owner after 10 days may be placed for adoption or disposed of in a humane manner.

As of Oct 23, 2017 Pit Bulls and dogs with similar characteristics are subject to Presumptively Dangerous Dog regulations.  Please contact City Hall for requirements on licensing and other regulations.

Monday, 06 October 2014 11:29

Important Phone Numbers



417-859-4785 Fax
24-Hour Dispatch:
Crime Tips Hotline:
325 S. Crittenden


417-859-0884 (non-emergency)
Station #1:
Near Marshfield Square
Station #2:
Next to Rotary Park on McVay St.
Station #3:
Near Marshfield Industrial Park
Station #4:
Village of Northview
Station #5:
Corner of Hwy CC & Hwy 38


After Hours Water Emergency:
Chamber of Commerce:
City Hall:
City Utilities (Water/Sewer):
License Bureau:
Parks & Recreation:
Post Office:
Senior Citizen Center:


911 Administrator:
Associate Circuit Clerk:
Circuit Clerk:
County Clerk:
County Collector:
Emergency Management:
Food Pantry:
Health Unit:
License Branch:
Public Administrator:
Road Department:
University of Missouri Extension Center:
Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:37

History of Marshfield

Marshfield is the county seat of Webster County, Missouri.  Both surnames were deemed in honor of the prominent 19th century politician Daniel Webster and his adult home of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

The area was settled during the early 1830's as result of the 1808 Osage Indian cessation. Webster County was organized in 1855, and Marshfield was laid out in 1856 on the highest upland area of the Ozarks. Marshfield sits at 1490 feet above sea level, deeming it the highest county seat in Missouri.  Uniquely, it also separates a geological divide between the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers.  Many springs originate from the hillsides around town and depart into the headwaters of four separate watersheds: The Niangua River, Pomme De Terre River,Osage Fork of the Gasconade River to the north and east, and the James River to the South.

The Atlantic and Pacific (Frisco) Railroad was built through town in 1872 and helped to stimulate early economic growth as a primary producer of livestock, poultry, and dairy products. Shortly after this early expansion, Marshfield was struck with the destructive forces of two tornadoes. The first occurred in May, 1878, with only minor damage to a select few businesses and a church. The second was far more destructive, completely leveling the town on the evening of April 18th, 1880, killing 99 people and causing a million dollars in damage. This event is still listed in the top ten natural disasters in the nation and was notarized by musician John Boone in his composition titled "Marshfield Cyclone." In spite of this, the town quickly rebuilt with support from neighboring towns, friends, and complete strangers. Marshfield also suffered losses from significant fires in 1920 and 1921. But, despite these tragedies, the town persevered and continued to grow.

One of the most famous residents from Marshfield was Astronomer Edwin P. Hubble who attended the public school system through the 3rd Grade. A replica of the famous Hubble Telescope - which continues to unlock the mysteries of the universe - sits on the courthouse lawn in his honor. Many other notable figures, including two Presidents, have visited Marshfield. Harry S. Truman visited in 1948 and George H.W. and first lady Barbara Bush visited on July 4th, 1991 to participate in the Independence Day Parade and celebrate while campaigning for the presidency.

This Independence Day celebration began in 1879 and remains the oldest, continuous west of the Mississippi River. The earliest celebrations were composed largely of local families traveling by foot, horseback, and wagons to a large grove just north of town to enjoy the day with friends and neighbors. People would gather together early to clear the underbrush, preparing and smoothing the grounds for lemonade, soda pop, popcorn, crackerjacks, and candy stands. Wood was also cut and hauled to a huge pit where beef, pork, and chicken were roasted for the celebration. Although many years have passed, family, friends, and neighbors still travel to Marshfield to enjoy this Independence Day celebration, eat a corn dog or a sandwich from one of the many food vendors, and have an ice cold lemonade or soda pop similar to those early celebrations.

Marshfield also sponsors the longest continuous county fair in Missouri as well as many other family events during the year thanks to the dedication and hard work of the many civic organizations, churches, and businesses. A few include: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Cherry Blossom Festival, Farmer's Market, Fiber Fair, Pow Wow, Truck and Tractor Pull, Independence Day Rodeo, ATV Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Annual Holstein Association Show, Business Expo, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Harvest Days, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Parade, and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

In addition to these events, Marshfield is conveniently close to large cities such as Tulsa, Kansas City, and St. Louis as well as smaller City of Springfield. However, it's rural attributes serve to also attract outdoorsmen and nature enthusiasts.  Eight large lakes are within an hour's drive: Pomme De Terre; Stockton; Truman; and Lake of the Ozarks to the north and west; and Bull Shoals, Northfork, Table Rock, and Taneycomo to the south. Two smaller lakes - McDaniel and Fellows - and Springfield lakes are within 30 minutes. All offer an array of outdoor opportunities including fishing, boating, skiing, and sailing. Hiking, biking, wildlife areas, streams, and other river opportunities are within a short drive including the Niangua and Compton Hollow Conservation Areas just outside of Marshfield's city limits.



Content compliments of Marshfield Chamber of Commerce; Photos compliments of Webster County Historical Museum
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:19

Shackelford Spring Park

Shackelford Spring, located at 258 E. Bedford, is a wonderful roadside memorial park. The park is rich with rock formations and trees sitting alongside a creek flowing from a natural spring. It was an important water source for early Webster County settlers. Some of the original concrete watering troughs remain and a stone wall splits the park in half.

Shackelford is an ideal shady retreat for a scenic picnic or anyone looking to pass the time in a more simple way.

There are no rental features in Shackelford Spring.

Shackelford Spring Park is adopted by the Girl Scouts.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 13:13

Rotary Park

Rotary Park, located at 726 S. Marshall St., is a multi-sport complex featuring tennis courts, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, basketball, soccer fields, lighted baseball fields with bleachers, and a walking track. The large, well equipped playground area is adjacent to a pavilion, two grills, and close to restroom facilities and concessions. Rotary Park is ideal for any type of large family gathering.

The pavilion and ball fields at Rotary can be rented on a first come, first serve basis by coming to or calling City Hall at 859-7660.  Pricing is $10 per hour or $40 for all day.

Rotary Park, located next to City Hall on "A" Highway, is adorned with many trees and plants to complement the activity areas and provide shade and sitting areas for anyone needing to take a break.  This park also serves as the location for the Heritage Celebration trails and a place to celebrate Arbor Day along with the site of the WWI Memorial.

Rotary park is currently adopted by the Rotary Club of Marshfield and Bill & Neva Schroder.  

Monday, 27 October 2014 09:08

North Park

North Park, located at 307 Banning St., is picnic and family reunion central for Marshfield.  It offers many acres stretched along a natural creek bed with a pavilion, gazebo, and many picnic tables.

Equipped with restroom facilities, a large grill, plenty of open space, North Park is ideal for family reunions and large get-togethers. It is the home of Cyclone Spring, a natural spring with much history.

Rent the pavilion at North Park by coming to or calling City Hall at 859-7660.  Pricing is $10 per hour or $40 for all day.

Monday, 27 October 2014 14:06

Nelson Park

Nelson Park, located at 625 N. Marshall, has 5 acres and stretches along Marshall drive across from Ellis O. Jackson Park.  On one end Nelson offers a pavilion and picnic area.  On the other end it has a wide open area perfect for playing games, family reunions and playing in the creek.

Nelson Park is great for roadside picnics, bicyclists, or a family get-together. Rent the pavilion at Nelson Park by coming to or calling City Hall at 859-7660.  Pricing is $10 per hour or $40 for all day.

Monday, 27 October 2014 09:03

Massey Park

Massey park, located at 321 N. Buffalo, is a beautiful area with lots of history.  Handicap accessibility makes it ideal for everyone to enjoy.

Massey is primarily an open field with a basketball court, playground equipment, a large pavilion, a large grill, and plenty of picnic tables.

You can rent the pavilion at Massey Park by coming to or calling City Hall at 859-7660.  Pricing is $10 per hour or $40 for all day.

Monday, 27 October 2014 14:02

Hidden Waters Park

Hidden waters park, located at 542 Massey St., is a wonderful nature park with sporadic wet weather springs.  Though it sits along a major roadway ("CC" Highway), it is tucked away , behind a natural forest, and offers a very secluded surrounding. A trail through the park leads past ponds, waterfalls, woodland gardens, many native plants, and over bridges. The park includes the Callaway Cabin which was built in 1853 and is one of the few surviving structures after the devastating 1880 tornado.

There are no rental features in Hidden Waters Park.

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Image Courtesy of Ozarks Aerial Photography