County Profile: Adair

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Adair County, Missouri. Home to premium farmland, Kirksville, and the Truman State University Fightin’ Bulldogs!

Founded on January 29th, 1841, the county claims former Kentucky Governor John Adair as its namesake, as a vast majority of the area’s earliest settlers hailed from the Bluegrass State.


John Adair, 7th Governor of Kentucky (1820-1824)

Adair County Notables

Founded: January 29th, 1841

County Seat: Kirksville

Largest City: Kirksville (17,505)

Population: 25,572

Size: 569 sq mi (1,474 km2)

Institutions: Truman State University (Kirksville, 1867)

Famous Persons:

  • Geraldine Page, Academy Award winner (Best Actress, 1985) 


Adair County Courthouse (Kirksville)


Geraldine Page, the Oscar-winning actress was born in Kirksville in 1924

Adair County is also home to Truman State University, which was originally founded in Kirksville in 1867 as “North Missouri Normal and Commercial School”.

TRUMANlogo-2C-RGB  Kirk Memorial Quad in Summer

The more you know…..

Be sure to look for more county profiles in the furture, we only have 113 to go…..


Isn’t he cute?

Go Bulldogs!

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