Rogersville is a city in Greene and Webster counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 3,073 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Rogersville was formally known as the “Raccoon Capital of the World”. In 2006, 417 Magazine ranked Rogersville as the eighth-best place to live in Southwest Missouri.Rogersville was named after Doctor Rogers, a pioneer settler. A post office called Rogersville has been in operation since 1882. The Citizen’s Bank of Rogersville was formed as a corporation on December 15, 1908, with $10,000 in capital stock.The history of Rogersville has been documented by the Citizen’s Bank of Rogersville and is shown below.
The largest settlement in this area in the mid 1800s was Henderson, with a population of about 300. Henderson was located 16 miles east of Springfield in a valley, by a stream and on the mail highway. It was a perfect place for a town. In 1882, the Kansas City and Memphis Railroad came through two miles to the south of Henderson. When it became known that a depot was to be erected, a young physician, Dr. Isaac Rogers agreed to donate $50 to defray the expense of surveying and laying out lots and streets if they would use his name for the settlement. The original survey was done by J.J. Watts. The first postmaster was appointed in September 1882. Five rural carriers began in 1904 using horse and buggy. The population of Rogersville had grown to 450.
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