Facts About Platte City, Missouri
Platte City is a city in Platte County, Missouri, along the Little Platte River. The population was 4,691 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Platte County.
Platte City was founded by Zadock "Zed" Martin and was incorporated as a city in September 1843. On December 16, 1861, Colonel W. James Morgan's Union Squad razed Platte City, including the courthouse. The Platte County Fair held annually just outside Platte City began in 1863 and is the oldest continuously operating fair west of the Mississippi River. On April 3, 1882, Jesse James planned a robbery of the Platte City bank, but it was never carried out due to his assassination by Robert Ford on the morning of the raid. On July 19, 1933 Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed by, and engaged in, a shootout with local authorities just south of Platte City at the Red Crown Tourist Court. The Frederick Krause Mansion and Platte County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Platte City is located at 39°21′42″N 94°46′29″W (39.361775, -94.774672). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.65 square miles (9.45 km²), of which, 3.61 square miles (9.35 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km²) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,691 people, 1,975 households, and 1,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,299.4 inhabitants per square mile (501.7/km²). There were 2,214 housing units at an average density of 613.3 per square mile (236.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 4.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.
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