Canton City Hall is located at 106 North 5th Street, Canton, MO 63435.
Established about 1830, Canton is the oldest town in Lewis County. It was named for Canton, Ohio, the previous home of a number of the early settlers. The town extends from the bottomland along the Mississippi River to the bluffs on the west. Here was the home of Jesse W. Barrett (1822-1886), Methodist preacher and educator who established (in 1862) the Canton Press, a Democratic weekly. In 1864 Barrett was made Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 3 years later he assisted in the organization of the Missouri Press Association, of which he was president from 1867 to 1870.
Culver-Stockton College, chartered in 1853 and launched in 1855, was the first co-educational college west of the Mississippi River. The college's first president was James Shannon who had formerly served as president of the University of Missouri. College facilities were used as a Union Headquarters during the Civil War, and as a training camp during World War I.
Nearby Towns: La Grange City •