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RECREATION

Stockton Lake features 300 miles of shoreline and 25,000 acres of clear water making it one of the best walleye fishing lakes in the Midwest as well as one of the top sailing lakes in the country. Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Pomme de Terre Lake and the Sac River offer additional water recreation in the area. Stockton is commonly referred to as the “Black Walnut Capitol of the World” hosting the Black Walnut Festival annually, a celebration that dates back to the 1930s.

AMENITIES

Hammons Product Company is the world’s largest producer of black walnuts operating in Stockton, MO since the 1940s. Superior Gearbox Company also maintains a manufacturing facility locally, while row crop and cattle farms play a major role economically. Citizens Memorial Hospital, Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility and Mercy Convenient Care – Bolivar provide modern medicine and facilities. Education is offered through Stockton R-1 School District, Southwest Baptist University and Bolivar Technical College.



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CLIMATE

Stockton, MO features sunshine on an average of 213 days out of the year. Precipitation is ample for agricultural purposes with 46 inches of rain falling annually on average. Like the majority of the state, summers are warm and winters are cool to mild in Stockton as is common in a humid subtropical climate.

HISTORY

The city of Stockton was originally platted in 1846 and was named Lancaster at the time. Just one year later, the town was renamed Fremont in honor of John C. Fremont, an American explorer, politician and soldier. There was yet another name change in 1857 as it officially became Stockton, honoring United States Navy Commodore Robert F. Stockton. The Montgomery Archeological Site and Stockton Community Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




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