Keytesville is a tiny but friendly, growing historic town. Everyone is welcome here!
In 1833, preacher and entrepreneur James Keyte donated 50 acres of land to establish a new town in middle Missouri. Keytesville, as the town became known, underwent a boom in population, with 1100 citizens in the year 1896. Home of Missouri Governor and General Sterling Price, Keytesville was also the birthplace of both General Maxwell D. Taylor and sports star Cal Hubbard.
The following is an excerpt from Historical, Pictorial and Biographical Record of Chariton County, Missouri, 1896
Keytesville, the county seat of Chariton county, and a beautiful and substantial city of enterprise, happy homes and cultured people, situated near the central part of the county, 101 miles east of Kansas City and 176 miles northwest of St. Louis, one and one-half miles north of the main line of the Wabash railway with street railway connections, was originally laid out in 1839. James Keyte, an Englishman and a Methodist preacher, was the founder of the city, he having purchased the land in 1830, and two years later donated fifty acres to the county, upon which, in 1833-34, the court-house and other public buildings were erected.
Each September, Keytesville hosts Price Days, a long weekend event featuring an iconic small town parade, crafts vendors, lots of food, games, contests and more. Maxwell Taylor Park provides RV hook-ups, a fishing lake, and picnic areas.
Visit the town's many historic churches, a beautifully renovated original log cabin, and the Sterling Price Museum. (Click links for more information)
2018 Price Days are September 6 through 10. Click to visit the Price Festival Facebook page