What Are Some Interesting Facts About Ferguson, Missouri?


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The city of Ferguson, Missouri has a population of 21,203 as of June 2015. Of this number, 9,501 are male, 11,702 are female, and 6,088 are under 18 years of age. African Americans are the racial majority in the city, with 14,297 residents, followed by Caucasians, who number 6,206 residents.

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The city of Ferguson was founded in 1894 and was originally known as Ferguson Station. This was because in the 1850s, a man named William Ferguson agreed to allow the North Missouri Railroad Company to use part of his farmland to build railroad tracks, under the condition that the company agree to build a train station there and use it as a regular stop along the route. This allowed William Ferguson to begin leasing out parts of his farmland to businesses who wanted to locate their services near the train station. Soon, Ferguson Station became a bustling center of economic activity, reaching a population of 1,000 by 1984 and becoming incorporated as the city of Ferguson.

The city continued to expand throughout the remainder of the 19th century and saw an economic boom after World War II. Today, the original Ferguson train station still stands in downtown Ferguson as a historic landmark and popular attraction for visitors.

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