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Chillicothe in Livingston County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Chillicothe Business College

This Is The Original Site Of

 

1890 to 1952

 
Chillicothe Business College Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2013
1. Chillicothe Business College Marker
Inscription.

Allen Moore, Sr. founded the Chillicothe Normal School and Business Institute in 1890. His desire to locate in Chillicothe was due to the progressive spirit he saw in the citizens of the town.

The city agreed to purchase the site and construct the academic building at a cost of $25,000. Mr. Moore built the first dormitory. Over 600 students attended the first year.

Upon the death of Allen Moore Sr. in 1907 Allen Moore, Jr. became president, and his brother Roy Moore, vice president. The enrollment grew each year with a desire by students for more business subjects including bookkeeping, stenography, telegraphy and penmanship. In 1910 the name was appropriately changed to Chillicothe Business College. C.B.C. became known as the largest school in America devoted exclusively to business education.

During the next forty-two years of growth additional classrooms, dining hall, dormitories, gymnasium and football stadium were added to the campus. Activities included band and orchestra, along with a complete athletic program of football, basketball and track.

During World War II and the Korean War, C.B.C. joined the effort by training supply clerks for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Upon the death of Allen Moore, Jr. in 1945 Allen Moore III became president and Ralph Moore, vice president. They
Chillicothe Business College Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2013
2. Chillicothe Business College Marker
Looking northwest across former campus grounds
operated C.B.C. successfully until 1953 at which time they made the difficult decision to close the college due to the courses being offered by high schools, technology and the economics of the times. Over 120,000 students could be claimed as alumni during the sixty-two years of its existence.

The Chillicothe Business College was a fine addition to Chillicothe not only economically but it also created an identity for the town. The well-known orange and black arrow road signs marked the mileage across the nation, including Alaska, to Chillicothe, Mo.
 
Erected by Chillicothe Rotary and Mervyn W. Jenkins Foundations.
 
Location. 39° 47.916′ N, 93° 33.429′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Missouri, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of Springhill Street and Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west on Springhill Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chillicothe MO 64601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palmer Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Chillicothe Business College (approx. 0.3 miles away); 708-710 Washington Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chillicothe City Hall
Chillicothe Business College Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Chillicothe Business College Sign
Part of the CBC Exhibit in the Grand River Historical Society Museum
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Locust Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Home of Sliced Bread Mural (approx. 0.3 miles away); Railroad Boom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glove Capital of the World (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chillicothe.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. "The Chillicothe Business School" in The History of Livingston County (1937). (Submitted on August 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chillicothe Business College Photographs. (Submitted on August 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Chillicothe (MO) Business College. (Submitted on August 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EducationIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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