Gads Hill, Missouri

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Gads Hill
Gads Hill is located in Missouri
Gads Hill
Gads Hill
Location within the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 37°14′18″N 90°41′48″W / 37.23833°N 90.69667°W / 37.23833; -90.69667Coordinates: 37°14′18″N 90°41′48″W / 37.23833°N 90.69667°W / 37.23833; -90.69667
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID750014[1]

Gads Hill is an unincorporated community in northwestern Wayne County, Missouri. It is located on Missouri Route 49 about midway between Des Arc and Piedmont. Named for the country home of Charles Dickens,[2] it was established in 1872 by George W. Creath;[3] the town's name was changed to Zeitonia in 1887, but reverted to Gads Hill in 1906.

The town was a train station on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway line and was the location of the first train-robbery in Missouri which occurred on January 31, 1874.[4] At 3:00 in the afternoon, the James-Younger gang boarded the train and proceeded to rob the passengers. While the exact amount was never certain, newspapers at the time estimated between $2,000 and $22,000 was stolen.[5]


  1. ^ "Gads Hill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Wayne County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ The State Historical Society of Missouri, David W. (January 1919). "How Missouri Streams, Counties and Towns Were Named". Missouri Historical Review (Vol. 13, No. 2). Eaton.
  4. ^ Conard, Howard L. (1901). Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, Vol. 2. St. Louis: Southern History Company. p. 544.
  5. ^ Beights, Ronald H. (June 2005). "Jesse James and the Gads Hill Train Holdup". Wild West Magazine. Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2006-03-27.