About This Place
Marshfield is a city in Webster County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,720 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat and part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Marshfield was settled in 1830. On May 28, 1856, the court instructed Wright Holland to lay out the County seat on a square in the southeast corner of the acres apportioned. The survey of the town was commenced June 21, 1856. The post-office was established also in 1856, with Allan F. Goss as postmaster. (--State of Missouri, 1889, pp. 252–259.) [[
Early growth was described as "very slow" until the opening of the railroad in 1870. It had 1 church, about 20 stores, 1 furniture factory and 2 wagon shops. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, Campbell, p. 643; Mr. T. Ballard Watters.)