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36º52N 94º22W, pop (2000e) 10 500. County seat of Newton Co, Missouri, USA; located on the W edge of the Missouri Ozarks; known as the ‘City of Springs’, its name derives from the Indian meaning ‘clear or abundant water’ and refers to the nine springs found locally; settled in early 19th-c, named county seat in 1839; most famous spring is named Big Spring, located in Big Spring Park; in the 1950s was known as the ‘ Flower Box City’ when the town was planted with numerous trees and flowers; oldest US fish hatchery has operated here since 1888; birthplace of the painter, Thomas Hart Benton; railway; municipal airport; furniture, wire products, engine repair, clothing, poultry processing, egg products; Dogwood Tour (Spring), Fall Festival (Autumn).

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