Golden City History
The city of Golden City has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. It was first established as a trading post and quickly grew into a bustling city. In the 1880's, Golden City saw a period of rapid industrialization and was home to the first railway in the region. During the 20th century, Golden City experienced its peak population in which the town has since strived to continually grow and improve. Today, Golden City has many historic sites to explore and a vibrant culture that proudly celebrates its rich history.
John Henry Willis Hicks was granted a piece of land at the Eastern edge of Barton County, by the Missouri Land Act of 1842.
Two men named Ben and Dave Appleby started a store and hired a surveyor, and had the land laid out in lots.
The name of Golden City was chosen because of a small trading post a few miles Northwest called Golden's Grove.
'New Town' Golden City was started with new businesses along Main Street.
The first church was the Methodist, and called "Wyatt's Chapel", after John T. Wyatt who donated the land in the 1870's.
The first public school building was built.
The railroad came through Golden City and the town began to grow because of this.
The first bank was the "Golden City Bank", organized by Aldrich, Niles & Co.
A bond was voted and a city wide public sewer system was installed.
At its peak in the 1990's Golden City had a population of about 1200.