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Brookfield, Missouri - A Great Place to Land!

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including a map of Linn County and a Brookfield Street Index, or an interactive CD on Brookfield, Missouri.

This is our town... Brookfield, Missouri!

Brookfield Profile
Brookfield, Missouri, is proud to extend to you this invitation to visit our community and enjoy the features that make it a great place to live, work, and expand your business. You will find the friendly atmosphere of Brookfield peaceful and productive as a place to live, play, and work. Brookfield has much to offer, and the surrounding countryside allows a quick retreat from the hustle of your work day.

Welcome to Brookfield!Location: Brookfield, with a population of 4,769 was founded in 1859 and is located in north central Missouri, 99 miles east of St. Joseph and 118 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

Quality of Life: Brookfield possesses a variety of housing opportunities and recreational facilities such as parks, lakes, a golf course, swimming pool, and a new YMCA. The Brookfield school district is located on one campus and includes a vocational technical school and a newly constructed child development center.

Transportation: Railroad - the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe provides a mainline between Chicago and Kansas City. Truck Lines - Film Delivery Service, Merchants Delivery, and all major truck lines provide carrier service to the area.North Central Missouri YMCA...

Utilities: Abundant electric power from Ameren UE and Rural Electric Cooperatives provide adequate reserve power for manufacturing interest. Natural gas is supplied by Empire District Gas.

Economy: The economy is well balanced, providing a good supply of hard working, dependable workers.

Industry: The industrial park, offering convenient access to Highway 36, contains 85 acres of land. The Industrial Development Authority, established in 1979, has the capability to issue tax exempt bonds.

Brookfield residents maintain a healthy spirit by taking advantage of the wide variety of recreational facilities available to them in the area. These include the Brookfield Country Club (golfing, boating, fishing, and swimming) and the Brookfield Bowl. We have a modern swimming facility and 11 municipal parks located throughout the city.

Balloons!Brookfield's close proximity to General John J. Pershing State Park, Fountain Grove Wildlife Areas, Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge, Thomas Hill and Long Branch Lakes, allow visitors and residents a wide variety of choices for hunting, camping, boating, and fishing.

Pershing State Park is a short, 10-minute drive from downtown Brookfield and is known nationally for the Pershing Balloon Derby, an event held annually that attracts hundreds of hot-air balloonists and spectators from all over the nation. Pershing is equipped with camping sites, playgrounds, fishing spots, restroom facilities, and shelter houses.

Fountain Grove wildlife area is the oldest waterfowl area in the state of Missouri. It has been in operation for 35 years and is used primarily as a winter feeding and habitat area for migrating water fowl. Public hunting, fishing, hiking, and sight-seeing are frequent pastimes at Fountain Grove.

Wild Goose Capital of the WorldSwan Lake Refuge in Sumner, Missouri, is just 14 miles from Brookfield and is known as "The Wild Goose Capital of the World." The 10,670 acres attract over 200,000 Canadian geese each year.

Thomas Hill Lake is a 4,400-acre lake located 35 minutes from Brookfield. Fishing is a favorite pastime at Thomas Hill, but skiing and other water sports are also enjoyed there. Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, and Channel Cat are found in most of the Brookfield area lakes. Long Branch Lake is located 25 miles east of Brookfield. Camping, fishing, skiing, and water sports are some of the activities enjoyed there. Large mouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead, Blue Catfish, Bluegill, and Walleye are the game fish found at Long Branch Lake.

General John J. Pershing's boyhood home is located in Laclede, Missouri, which is five miles west of Brookfield. General Pershing, the highest ranking military officer in U.S. history, and General of the armies after World War I, lived in Laclede from age six (1866) until 1882, when he left for West Point Military Academy.

Locust Creek Covered BridgeLocust Creek Covered Bridge is six miles west of Brookfield and one mile north of U.S. 36. Follow the markers placed along the route to the site of the footbridge. One of the last remaining covered bridges in the state, Locust Creek Covered Bridge is 151 feet long and was once part of the U.S. Transcontinental Highway. Built in 1868, the bridge lost its usefulness when Locust Creek was rerouted and the creek bed under the bridge was left dry. The bridge was declared a state historic site in May, 1968, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places May 19, 1970. A footbridge over Higgin's Ditch, located 1/4 mile from the bridge, was opened October 21, 1989. The bridge is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Historic Sites.

M-I-C-K-E-YWalt Disney's boyhood home is located in Marceline, Missouri, 10 miles east of Brookfield. In 1906, the city received its most famous resident, Walt Disney, who moved at the age of six with his family to a farm outside of town. In 1910, the Disney family moved on to Kansas City, but Walt and Roy, even after becoming famous as cartoon and movie makers, remembered their fond experience in Marceline and returned for dedication ceremonies at the Walt Disney Elementary School (which Walt graced with cartoon characters from his Disney Studio) and Disney Park Municipal Swimming Pool. Disney always spoke highly of Marceline and attributed his life-long belief in small-town American values and his fascination with barnyard animal chargers to his experience in Marceline.

Community Facilities
Brookfield has ample water supplies to support new industry. The state-approved water plant currently operates at 48% capacity which leaves plenty of room for expansion. Brookfield's city reservoir serves as the source for the city water supplies. The city's wastewater treatment facilities consist of a 4-cell lagoon and a 3-cell lagoon. It operates at approximately 50%.

Brookfield High SchoolThe Brookfield High School is the largest high school in Linn County. The facility is excellent and offers technological skills and quality educational programs. Multiple curricular choices and activities are offered such as football, softball, drama, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, band, boys and girls golf, track, cheerleading, and dance team. The Brookfield R-III elementary school has approximately 500 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Student/teacher ratios are maintained around 20 students per classroom teacher. All classrooms are Internet accessible, and electronic white boards have been added to every classroom in grades two through five. We also have the largest Middle School in Linn County, as well as an Early Childhood Center and the Brookfield Area Career Center.

Brookfield's low crime rate can be a great benefit to your business. The nuisance and cost of property destruction through crime is kept under control by its experienced police force. Brookfield has a volunteer fire department which allows the city to be classified as a Class Six city by the fire insurance underwriters. These items combine to help make Brookfield a safe place to live and work.

Brookfield Public LibraryOur public library is located at 102 East Boston and offers many services and a children's library. Call them at 660-258-7439, email them, or visit their web site to learn more about the Brookfield Public Library.

North Central Missouri Regional Airport is located north of Highway 36 between Brookfield and Marceline. A full-service airport facility that offers aviation gas and jet fuel, it features a full-length taxiway, over 4000-plus feet of runway, 24-hour fuel service, hangers, and a pilot's lounge.

Health care services include Brookfield Physical Therapy, Life Care Center of Brookfield, Linn County Health Department, McLarneyPershing Health Systems Manor skilled nursing facility, Pershing Health Systems, Premier Eyecare Associates, and Tiffany Home Care. Pershing Health Systems provides a full range of primary and secondary diagnostic and treatment services while affiliating with respected tertiary medical centers for more advanced diagnosis and treatments. The facility is a licensed 57-bed acute care facility which received "Critical Access" designation in July, 2001.

The Linn County Humane Society's new facility is on South Highway 11 in Brookfield. The shelter is open Sunday through Saturday, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Adoption days are Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Shelter phone number is 660-258-3322.

Communication systems available in Brookfield include the network of the ATT/SBC, Western Union, Cable Television, a three times a week newspaper, local radio station, and up-to-date internet access. These systems provide you with quick connections to your market areas.

General John J. Pershing... looks over our park of the same name in Brookfield, Missouri

Contact the Chamber office at 660-258-7255 or by email to request a full-color brochure,
including a map of Linn County and a Brookfield Street Index, or an interactive CD on Brookfield, Missouri.

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110 E. Brooks, Brookfield, Missouri 64628
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