Our Historic Community

Glasgow is located at the junction of Highways 240, 87, and 5 on the sharpest bend of the Missouri River.
Halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, about 35 miles north of Columbia, Glasgow is just far enough away from large population centers such that it has not been architecturally altered to meet modern demands for space, and yet close enough that it has not perished from isolation. Early in its history, Glasgow was a mecca of commercial activity, shipping vast quantities of hemp and tobacco from its steamboat port. Glasgow now ships large quantities of corn by river barge and rail line. Shipping by river is still possible because Glasgow is one of the few towns left with its commercial business district right on the river bank. So many river towns were left stranded, miles from the fickle path of Missouri River.

Our Chamber of Commerce

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to our fair town.
We are very much a “country” town within the borders of the Columbia, Missouri's Metropolitan Statistical Area, giving us the best of rural life, close to an urban area. Glasgow is a beautiful place to visit, nestled in the hills overlooking the Missouri River, with antebellum homes, the site of the world’s first multiple-span all steel bridge, the oldest library (1867) in its original building in Missouri, and the oldest family operated pharmacy in Missouri. We have interesting shops to attract the visitor, excellent family owned (non-franchise) restaurants, a winery, and a bowling alley. Glasgow is an even better place to live. Glasgow people are genuinely warm and friendly. Our schools have won state and national academic competitions and numerous basketball championships. We have five churches in town and two in the surrounding area servicing Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans and the Christian Church. A warm, tranquil setting to visit OR live all year around. Come and see for yourself. You won’t be sorry. Scott Morris, President Glasgow Chamber of Commerce