Local City Government

City Office 573-796-2500
Fire Department 573-796-1987
Police Department 573-796-8000
Mayor Lanny Ash 
Accounts Payable
City Clerk 573-796-4729
City Collector 573-796-2968
Park Department 573-796-3884
Street Department 573-796-3580
Utilities Superintendent
Utility Billing
Power Plant 573-796-4641

Local Moniteau County Government

Presiding Commissioner
       Joe Lutz 573-796-2213
Associate Commissioner 1st District
       Clint Hoellering 573-796-2213
Associate Commissioner 2nd District
       Rick Messerli 573-796-2213
       Marcy Oerly   573-796-4637
       Roberta Elliott   573-796-4661
        Ellen Ash 573-796-4521
        Sarah Jones 573-796-4608
        Mandy Burger 573-796-2071
Public Administrator
        Cher Caudel 573-796-4704
Jail         573-796-2531
         Tony Wheatley 573-796-2525
Prosecuting Attorney

          Derik T. Kinde 573-796-3220

About California, Missouri

California was originally founded as the township of Boonesborough in 1834 and later as the city of California in 1848.
The story is told that the city was named after an early settler named California Wilson. According to the legend, California Wilson told two men during a “house raising” he would buy local residents two gallons of whiskey if they would name the town after him. We don’t know if Mr. Wilson made good on his promise, but it makes a good story!

California is the County Seat of Moniteau County and is located 22 miles west of the state capital, Jefferson City, on U.S. Highway 50. The Missouri River runs along the northeastern border of the county.

California has a census population of 4,005. Despite its small size, California has some of the most unique and prosperous industries in mid-Missouri. These include Burger’s Smokehouse, which cures and processes hams, turkeys, and other speciality meats for shipment all over the world; Honeysuckle White, a division of Cargill Inc.; Tana Wire Marker, which produces the brightly colored balls affixed to electrical wires to warn aircraft of their presence; and Arkansas Valley Feather, which processes and markets feather products. California is also home to California Manufacturing Inc. (coats and jackets).

CPI Information

Since 1989, California Progress, Inc. (CPI) has played an important role in the community of California, Missouri, with its dedication and commitment to saving historic landmarks and bringing new life to this vibrant and unique Missouri town located in the heart of Moniteau County, just 22 miles west of Jefferson City. The non-profit (501c3) community betterment group — established by community leaders as a way to enhance and beautify the town’s many special features — has earned a reputation as a model award recipient and participant in the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. Through tax credit incentives offered by the NAP program, CPI and its local contributors have accomplished a number of community betterment projects. Today CPI’s primary focus is serving as the Board of Directors and for the California Historic District, a Missouri Main Street Connection organization whose mission is “to develop economic prosperity by fostering business success, preserving and revitalizing our historic assets, and promoting tourism and pride in our local heritage for the benefit of the California Missouri community.” CPI is proud and happy to be fostering progress in the community through CHD (California Historic District) by way of CHD’s many events and community fundraisers. CPI board members also serve on the 4 CHD committees.


The City of California is the provider of electric, water, trash, and sewer to the city residents and businesses.

Below are some additional utility providers for the area.

Ameren UE

natural gas & electric

CoMO Connect

TV, internet, land line phone

Century Link

land line phone, internet, TV

Public Water Supply District #2


Schools & Education

California Elementary School


101 S Owen St
California  MO  65018

California Middle School


211 S Owen St
California  MO  65018

California High School


1501 W Buchanan St
California  MO  65018

Daniel Williams

California R1 School District educates approximately 1,300 students per year.

211 S Owen St
Suite B
California  MO  65018

Moniteau County Library


501 S Oak St
California  MO  65018

             Parks & Pool

Proctor Park
Proctor Park, located on Highway 87 South, is the largest of California’s parks. It is a peaceful community park surrounding a small lake. You can enjoy fishing, walking trails, nature study, picnicking, lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball, public exercise equipment, and playground equipment in four separate locations. Public restrooms and four different shelter houses are also available. Call 573-796-2968 to reserve a shelter house.

Railroad Park

Railroad Park is located where the old railroad depot once stood immediately north of present day City Hall. It provides an open-air shelter with bench seating and is decorated with period lighting, and native flowers and bushes.

Smith-Burke Park
Located on the site of a Union Pacific Railroad Hotel, the original structure was a three story dwelling built over 100 years ago in the heart of California. After many years of service, the Hotel deteriorated so much that it was unfortunately beyond restoration. California Progress, Inc. purchased the building, razed the structure, and designed, financed, and constructed a new park in its place. Smith-Burke Park is now a beautifully landscaped area with terraced plantings of colorful bushes and flowers, a water sprinkling system, a small gazebo, picnic tables, aggregate sidewalks, period lighting, and benches which offer a pleasing place to sit and take in the view. The small park covers less than a city block along the north side of Versailles Avenue next door to the Wood Place Library and west of the City Hall building.

City Park
California’s oldest park was recently improved to include two full basketball courts, a tennis court, covered picnic table area, several park benches and a small playground. It lies along the north side of Highway 50 one block east of the junction of Highways 50 and 87.

City Pool
The California City Pool is located on West Stella Street just northwest of the California Elementary School and offers a 25 meter indoor pool with lane lines in addition to a outdoor splash deck for small children. The California City Pool is also home to the California Stingrays Swim Team, a youth swim club open to any youth (up to age 18). Hours: Summer Hours (Memorial Day – day before school starts): Daily 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Winter Hours (starts when school is back in session): Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost to swim is $1.00 per person. Swimming Lessons: During the summer months, the City of California Parks and Recreation offers Red Cross swimming lessons for children ages 3-13 (Preschool-8th grade), along with adaptive swimming lessons for children with special needs. Private Lessons, Group Lessons (no more than 5 per group) and Parent-Child Lessons (no more than 4 per group) are available year round. California Elementary School also includes swimming as part of their physical education curriculum. Private Parties: Private parties are also available. Call the pool to reserve a time slot. Phone: (573) 796-2500.

Proctor Park


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Proctor Park

walking trail

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Proctor Park

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City Park


City Park

tennis court

Railroad Park

basketball court

Railroad Park


Smith-Burke Park

picnic tables

Smith-Burke Park

walking path

City Pool


City Pool


Health Care


Bristol Manor 


California Care Center


MU Health Care, California


Juul Spine & Sport Chiropractic Center


Community Health Center of Central Missouri


Dr. Mike A Lutz, DDS

Family Dentistry

Moniteau County Health Center


Missouri Eye Consultants


St Marys Hospital

located in Jefferson City

Capital Region Medical Center

located in Jefferson City

 Hollon Family Chiropractic


Area Places of Worship

Annunciation Catholic Church

310 S Mill St
California  MO  65018

Church of God of Prophecy

Pastor Steve Jones

Hwy 50 E
California  MO  65018

California United Methodist Church

Rev, Nick Van Dam

201 S Oak St
California  MO  65018

First Baptist Church

Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 8:10 am & 10:30 am “the fields are white unto harvest”

208 S Oak St
California  MO  65018

First Christian Church

107 N Oak St
California  MO  65018

Flag Spring Baptist Church

31350 Moreau Bluff Rd
California MO 65018


Friendship Baptist Church

Pastor Scot Thomson
Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Awanas 6:30 pm

33673 Hwy 87
California  MO  65018

Main Street Baptist Church

Sunday School 9:00 am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 pm

303 W Main St
California  MO  65018

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

Rev. David Griffith
Sunday School 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am

Junction of Route H and Route O

New Beginnings Church

Pastor Thomas Medlin 
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Reaching out to a hurting world!

318 S Oak St
Inspired Designs Event Center
California  MO  65018

New Life Christian Center

Rev. Frank and Marisa Hensley Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 am Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00-8:30 pm

Hwy 87 N
California  MO  65018

Pentecostal Tabernacle

Pastor Thomas Mustain
Sunday School 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 pm

405 N Owen st
California  MO  65018

Salem Baptist Church

Sunday School 9:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 7:00 pm Wednesday Evening Choir Practice 6:00 pm
Wednesday Evening Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm

57328 Highway N
California  MO  65018

Salem United Church of Christ

Rev. Russ Cobb Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am

Route K
California  MO  65018

St Paul Lutheran Church

Rev Evandro Kopper
Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 am Sunday School 10:30 am Communion 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays

207 N Owen St
California  MO  65018

United Church of Christ

Rev. Russ Cobb

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday School at 9:30 am
101 N Oak St
California  MO  65018

Helpful links to find out more about California, Missouri

Census Reporter    https://censusreporter.org/profiles/16000US2910468-california-mo/
Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board   http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/
Missouri Agricultural Statics Service  https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/MO
Economic Research & Information  
MO Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education  https://apps.dese.mo.gov/MCDS/home.aspx