Elsberry is just what you would want and expect from a small Missouri town: a tight-knit community, beautiful homes, an outstanding school, plentiful churches, and a vibrant business community.

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It’s telling that the Elsberry’s town website refers to their city leaders by their first names—Elsberry has that “small town feel” where everybody knows your name. The downtown is filled with small shops and offices in both historic and newer buildings, all within site of the large American flag that shows the town’s patriotism.


In 1879 the Clarksville & Western Railroad Company reached the farm of Robert T. Elsberry in Lincoln County. A depot was built later that year, and Mr. Elsberry began his ambitious plans for a town that would carry his name. Soon several businesses moved to the area, including a harness shop, a grist mill, a newspaper, grain elevators, and a bank. Though the businesses have changed to more modern ones, Elsberry still retains that old rail-town feel.


Elsberry lies along scenic route 79, which connects it with interstate 70 and also has county road access to interstate 61.


Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that make the City of Elsberry a wonderful place to call home. 


Whether it is a local farmer's market or main street shops, Elsberry shops local to sustain their community and support their local merchants.


Elsberry is served by the Elsberry R-2 school district, which has an elementary, middle, and high school.


Praire Slough Conservation Area | There are 584 acres, including 463 acres of bottomland timber and 121 acres of open land and sloughs. It was purchased by the Conservation Department in 1979 and an additional area was added in 1985. There are areas made available for public use for activities such as bird watching, fishing, hunting, trapping and boating. It’s a good place to spot wintering bald eagles, ospreys and possibly site a Mississippi kite.

 Upper Mississippi Conservation Area | 87 tracts of federal lands totaling over 11,000 acres along the Mississippi River is managed under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors in this forest, woodland and wetland can enjoy activities such as bird watching, canoeing, fishing, hunting, trapping and boating.

 Leach Memorial Conservation Area | This 4,307-acre area was acquired in 1985 using Design for Conservation Sales Tax revenue and a private land donation from Ms. Mary Leach in memory of her late father. Bordering the Mississippi River, the main tract is south of Elsberry on Highway 79 and east on Route M. The area contains lakes, ponds, crop land, forest, woodland, wetland & grassland, where visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, hunting and trapping.


Population: 2,645

Zip Code: 63343

Libraries: Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library

Connect: Elsberry, MO


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