About This Place
Holts Summit is a village in Callaway County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,935 at the 2000 census. Holts Summit is located 7 miles northeast of Jefferson City, Missouri's state capital. It is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Most of the pioneers in the early settlements were from the state of Virginia. One among them was Abner Holt who with his family traveled to Howard County, Missouri in 1819. They settled there for the winter. The men built a house in Callaway County in the unnamed community now known as Holts Summit and the family settled in during the spring.
In 1870, Holt’s grandson, Timothy Holt, plotted Holts Summit around a general store built by his father James Holt. They named the village “Holts Summit” because it was the highest point from there to the Missouri River.