Welcome to Our Beautiful City

Welcome to our beautiful City! I hope this new website provides a glimpse of what we have available in our growing town of 4,532 folks. If small town with large amenities are what you are looking for, Lamar is your town. Maybe it’s top notch fishing at our 200 Acre Lake, where $2 buys you a permit to fish all day. Maybe it’s camping at our 56 acre City Park for FREE, and watching top quality baseball and softball games. Maybe it’s enjoying our 5600 square foot Lamar Aquatic Park & Indoor Pool Facility, or our well-lit mile long paved Walking Trail. You’ll find yourself staying longer than planned.

On the “Economic Side of Lamar”, we provide some of the lowest utility rates found anywhere. Lamar is the heart of Barton County, one of the highest producing agriculture counties in the state of Missouri, which also ranks very high nationally.

Our great Barton County Chamber of Commerce will tell you we are adjacent to I-49, offer City of Lamar Square Shopping, multiple banking, insurance, grocery, auto venues day or night. Many “Start Up” costs for new business are less than actual city cost to encourage growth. We just completed a 4,000 foot airport runway used widely for agriculture, business, and pleasure aircraft. Extra efforts are made in providing well paved streets, TWICE WEEKLY Residential Trash Service for the cost of once weekly anywhere else, and top level Police and Fire Stations are ready for quick and professional response.

Missouri’s Largest FREE Fair is hosted in Lamar every August and a wonder to see and experience. Redneck Manufacturing, a world class hunting accessory company, Heritage Tractor, one of the largest Farm Equipment Companies around, Fast Eddie’s Hot Rod Shop, Tractors Barbecue, Dot’s Hallmark, Heavenly Daylight Donut Shop (Sorden’s), Dairy Queen, The Chop Shop and Vintage Chaos among many others too numerous to mention, all are widely known and call Lamar home.

Someone who recently visited our town suggested our motto should be: “Legendary Beginnings” and I can see why. Where else can you find the start of Wyatt Earp’s career and the ONLY President born in Missouri? YES, Lamar is THE birthplace of Harry S. Truman who is recognized as one of the Top Ten Most Respected Presidents of all time. Learn about the THREE Admirals (Combs, Daubin, Lockwood) of the US Navy and Lamar graduates who performed spectacular feats of bravery to protect our country.

Check out The Plaza Movie Theatre and Barco Drive which gives folks that “Good Old Time” feeling/atmosphere yet prime-time state of the art cinema technology and first run movies.

Are you READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? The “Legend” continues with the Lamar Tiger’s State Championship Football Team.  On November 24th, 2017, 3PM Game Time, University of Missouri Football Stadium, the Lamar Tigers did what no other Missouri school in history has been able to do: won their SEVENTH STRAIGHT STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!  What a Super Accomplishment and our entire community is so very proud of their year round hard work and efforts.

See why I am proud of Lamar and her citizens? For these and so many more reasons, come visit us. Join us and you’ll see why we are blessed to live in this beautiful city called Lamar. Call me anytime I can help. I look forward to welcoming you to Lamar.


Kent Harris
City of Lamar Mayor

Lamar is a city and county seat of Barton County, Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,532. Lamar is well known as the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman & the place where Wyatt Earp got his start in law as the city's first constable.

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