John and Martin D. Warren named and founded what would become Warrensburg, MO in 1835 and since 1837, a post office called Warrensburg has been in operation. The city still contains many historic buildings, monuments and art work.
The University of Central Missouri and Whiteman Air Force Base are the two major influencers of the local economy. Agriculture is the leading industry in Johnson County with 75 percent of the land in agricultural production. The county ranks among the top 10 in forage production acres, cattle inventory and sheep/goat sales. Modern medicine is available through Johnson County Community Health Services, Pathways Community Health and Western Missouri Medical Center. Warrensburg School District maintains a 14:1, student-to-teacher ratio integrating the latest technology in providing a comprehensive curriculum. UCM operates four colleges offering more than 150 areas of study to approximately 14,000 students.
Similar to the majority of the state, Warrensburg & Clinton feature a humid subtropical climate. The area averages 42 inches of rain, 13 inches of snow and 217 days of sunshine per year. There are four distinct seasons of weather with hot summers and cold winters.
Regardless of your lifestyle or interests, there is plenty of entertainment in the area. Warrensburg Community Center, Johnson County Historic Complex, Blind Boone Park and Old Drum’s Best Friends Dog Park, Artesian Park Outdoor Pool, Benson Convention and Exposition Center, Clinton Aquatic Center, Clinton Community Center are among the popular destinations. UCM features a variety of cultural performances and galleries. Nearby Knob Noster State Park offers 3,500 acres of fishing, camping, lakes and trails. Throughout the year you can also celebrations like Old Drum Dog Festival, Wings Over Whiteman Air Show, Johnson County Fair and Burg Fest, Old Glory Days. Truman Lake offers dramatic bluffs and vibrant summer and fall colors. Harry S Truman State Park is an ideal place to visit. The lake offers several marinas, ample fishing and boating opportunities, and water that’s perfect for every kind of swimmer. Hiking trails, picnic areas and campsites dot the lake's open woodlands and provide a home for abundant wildlife.
Clinton was laid out in 1836. The city was named for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, a key promoter of the Erie Canal. A post office called Clinton has been in operation since 1850.
The downtown square serves as a center for community commerce and public affairs (The square also serves as a parking lot.) It features a central courthouse and numerous shops, stores, and eating facilities. More than a dozen churches are found in the community, a few of which predate 1900. Several important state highways intersect at Clinton, and a cluster of "big-box" stores, as well as several "national-chain" motels, are located in that area. Smaller motels are found on the outskirts of town on all sides. The several residential neighborhoods range from directly adjacent to the town square to lying a mile or more away. In terms of wealth, the neighborhoods go from solidly lower income, to middle-class ranch-house areas to a small, affluent borough, where larger lawns and brick-and-Tudor homes predominate.
Clinton's Historic Downtown Square, is Missouri's largest and most charming. The Victorian setting makes you feel like you took a step back to the 1800s. Browse through the shops, where you will find unique jewelry, high fashion clothing and an array of gifts. Clinton has a first-class historical museum. And in the middle of it all is the Henry County Courthouse, which dates to 1893. As you soak in the small-town atmosphere, don't miss the Memorial Bandstand, the Soldiers Memorial and the granite Historic Fountain that was donated to Clinton in 1911 by the Human Alliance Foundation.
Truman Lake is the largest man-made lake in Missouri and the dam that created and manages the lake's water level is located between Clinton and Warsaw, on the Osage River and extends south to Osceola. The dam is located in Benton County, the reservoir also extends into parts of Henry, St. Clair, and Hickory counties. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built and manages the lake and dam. It is used primarily for flood control and also used for power generation, recreation, and wildlife management. This 55,600-plus acre lake offers 958 miles of coast line and has created a diverse wildlife area rich in the history of Osage Indians, explorers, fur trappers, traders and settlers. Truman Lake is a great location for fishing, even in the winter, as power from Truman Dam helps heat the water. Truman Lake is nationally known for its excellent crappie and bass fishing. The reservoir is fed by four rivers and several small streams, creating a broad diversity for fishing. More than 8,800 acres of timber were left standing in the lake to improve aquatic habitat. The lake often hosts major fishing tournaments.