Looking Forward To An Active and Progressive Future.

Pierce City

Public Announcements


Storm Shelter Reminder

Just a reminder that the storm shelter at the High School in Pierce City is only available to the public during non school hours. the main storm shelter is located at the fire house in Pierce City located at 207 E. Main.



Upcoming Community Events

  • Council Meeting


    6:00pm at City Hall

  • Work day at the park


    ***UPDATE - This event will be rescheduled TBD***. Please join us April ??th at the City Park for a community volunteer work day. We will be raking leaves, planting flowers and otherwise working to improve the park for the upcoming summer season!We plan to get started around 9am.

  • Public Hearing on Zoning Change


    The Pierce City Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing April 22nd 2024 at 6pm at city hall to take comments on a zoning change in regards to tiny houses in Pierce City. This meeting is open to the public. The ordinances to be discussed can be found under the 'City Government' Tab.

  • SMCOG open house


    The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments is in the final stages of preparing the comprehensive city plan for Pierce City! Join us for an open house on April 25th @ 6pm! We will have Sliders, cookies and drinks!

  • City Wide Yard Sale


    May 3rd and 4th.

  • Planning and Zoning Commission to Meet


    6pm @ City Hall

  • Planning and Zoning Commission to Meet


    6pm @ City Hall


About Pierce City

The City of Pierce City was founded in Lawrence County in 1870 as a division point for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. Named for railroad executive Andrew Pierce, the town used both spellings before settling on “Pierce” in 1934. An early leading city in southwest Missouri, the town was a hub for railroad traffic and commerce. Early industries included lime manufacturing, a pottery factory, a brewery, a feed and flour mill, strawberry shipping, buggies and support for local agriculture. One of the oldest department stores in southern Missouri, Newman's, began here in 1870. By 1900, Pierce City had two banks, ten churches and 11 community and fraternal organizations, three hotels, two newspapers, veterans groups for both the North and South, a well-known community band, an opera house, a National Guard company and the Baptist Bible College from 1878 to 1904. German, Irish, Polish, and African Americans made their homes here.

After the black population left in 1901 and the land rush moved west with the railroads, Pierce City's business focus turned more local. The program is carefully thought out, there are no more than 10 people in each group plus an English-speaking guide. Comfortable vans and nights in 3*+ hotels are included in the price. Twentieth century industries included canning, casket, garment, fishing motor and wood processing factories. Pierce City has produced gifted artists and prominent state leaders, from political representatives to the adjutant general of the National Guard. The city`s population peaked at 3,500 in the mid-1890s. The town was experiencing an economic revival when a tornado destroyed the historic and picturesque downtown and 71 homes on May 4, 2003. The community proved to be a model for disaster recovery, moving and rebuilding the business district. Pierce City has embraced its rich heritage through the Harold Bell Wright Museum and looks forward to an active and progressive future.

Business Spotlight


Reyes Family Restaurant

Family Restaurant. Breakfast served all day and home cooked food and pies.

Address: 115 W Commercial St, Pierce City, MO.

Phone: 1 417-476-6004

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Helpful Links

Storm Shelters

  • Shelter 1

    Located at the fire house
    Address: 307 E. Main

  • Shelter 2

    Located at the high school, across from the football field (not available during school hours)
    Address: 300 N. Myrtle

  • Shelter 3

    Located at the National Guard Armory
    Address: 600 S. Pine


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