|• Total||36.7 sq mi (95.0 km2)|
|• Land||36.7 sq mi (95.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||758 ft (231 m)|
|• Density||5.3/sq mi (2.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0766411|
Fairfield is a former unincorporated community in Benton County, Missouri, USA. Fairfield and much of its surrounding township, Alexander, is now covered by water, as part of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir. It was located about seven miles south of Warsaw just west of Route 83. The Fairfield Public Use Area is on the shore near the location of the former community.
One of the earliest residents of Fairfield was Judge George T. Alexander, a pioneer in Missouri since 1816, who built the town's covered bridge, and operated its mill. He arrived in Fairfield in 1832 and purchased an Indian village for $60. He obtained a ferry license for the Pomme de Terre River at that spot in 1836 and was elected as a county judge. The township was named for Alexander.
Fairfield in 1962 still had the remains of the old mill and the pillars from the old covered bridge. Fairfield had a post office with the town bar in the same building, side by side. There also was an old country church on the north end of town and a bait shop in the center of town with a walkway to the banks of the river bank and the docks that provided john boat rentals. There was a small local country store with food, hardware and clothing, as well as a gasoline station with a repair garage.
Famous people from Fairfield
- The Missouri Kid by James M. Scott - a memoir about growing up in Fairfield, ISBN 978-1588201119 (Oct 2000)
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- White, Kathleen Kelly (1969). "The History of Benton County Missouri, Vol. 1". The Printery, Clinton, Mo. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Lay, James (1876). "History of Benton County Missouri to July 4, 1876". Wincbell & Ebert Print. and Lithographing Co. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Overlay, Fauna R. (1943). "Place Names Of Five South Central Counties Of Missouri". M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
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