Area Information


Kirksville was laid out in 1841 and became the county seat that same year. Ironically, the name Kirksville means "village of churches," yet it was named after Jessie Kirk, an early tavern owner who reportedly shared whiskey and Thanksgiving dinner with area surveyors only if they would name the town after him.

The 3-hour Battle of Kirksville took place in the northwest part of town. The Adair County Historical Society has a cannon ball that was fired into the courthouse.

We have a lot to offer to young and old alike in beautiful Northern Missouri. There’s also the Adair County Historical Society Museum and E.M. Violette Museum.

Kirksville, the seat of Adair County, is in the dynamic economic hub of northeast Missouri. Average area annual high temperature is 62 degrees. The low temperature is 41.3 degrees. January is usually the coldest month with an average high of 32.8 degrees and average low of 14.5 degrees. July is the warmest with an average of 87.3 degrees and an average low of 65.2 degrees. Average annual total precipitation is 36.3 inches with an average annual snowfall of 21.2 inches.

Kirksville boasts excellent public, parochial, primary and secondary schools as well as Truman State University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and Moberly Area Community College - Kirksville Center.

Northeast Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive health care provider. Others include Northeast Regional Health and Fitness Center, Family Health Center of Edina, Northeast Regional Rehabilitative Services and Northeast Home Health Services.


Truman State University’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series bring world-renowned performances to Kirksville. The Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival draws national artisans. Art showings, summer concerts, music festivals, poetry readings and dinner theater add to the venue. The Northeast Missouri Fair features 4-H and FFA exhibits, commercial exhibits, food vendors, a carnival and nationally known country music acts. There’s also the Still National Osteopathic Museum, Adair County Historical Society Museum and E.M. Violette Museum.

There are 3 large state conservation areas: Big Creek, Sugar Creek and Montgomery Woods plus muskellunge fishing at Hazel Creek Lake and camping and water recreation at Thousand Hills State Park.

There are also 7 public parks, a 30-acre 6-field baseball/softball complex and an Aquatic Center.

Thousand Hills State Park and 573-acre Forest Lake offer fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, lodging, fine dining and biking trails plus camping, picnic areas, a marina and more. Big Creek State Forest has some of the nation’s best hunting.

Come visit Kirksville Missouri and Adair County today. We have a lot to offer to young and old alike in beautiful Northern Missouri.