"Friendly People! Friendly Place!" That sums up the spirit of Lebanon, Missouri. This small city’s inhabitants take pride in their community. Lebanon is a town that reflects the history of its state, from the native tribes who first lived here to the great divide of the Civil War to the romance and kicks of Route 66.
Lebanon, the county seat of Laclede County, will celebrate its 130th birthday this fall. Known in the Ozarks as a progressive community with a healthy manufacturing base, Lebanon has a rich history. From its early days, Lebanon was a tourist mecca. In the early 1890s, vacationers flocked to the Gasconade Hotel, where one could bathe in the City's "magnetic water" touted for its healing properties.
Our population is 12,155. As county seat, Lebanon provides numerous employment, shopping and recreational opportunities. Lebanon has a variety of established industries that provide good jobs for our residents. Workers here produce scroll refrigeration compressors, electric motors, electric breaker boxes, tools and dies, whiskey barrels, fishing boats and other items. In 1983, then-Governor Kit Bond dubbed Lebanon the "Aluminum Fishing Boat Capital of the World."
The 2000 Census Bureau estimated the population of Lebanon at 12,155.
Lebanon offers six public schools and two private schools as well as six institutions of higher education.
January, the coldest month averages 31 degrees and July the warmest at 85 degrees.
Lebanon is governed by the council/mayor form.
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