Neck City pushes to be counted in Census, recognized by MoDOT

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 8:35 a.m. CDT; updated 10:01 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

NECK CITY, Mo. — The mayor of Neck City has gotten the U.S. Census Bureau to acknowledge the existence of his tiny southwestern Missouri town.

Now, Mayor Pat Gooch tells The Joplin Globe he hopes to put Neck City on the Missouri Department of Transportation's official state map.

Neck City has about 120 residents. Gooch recently learned the town was no longer listed among Census records, meaning residents didn't get Census forms.

The mayor contacted Missouri Sen. Kit Bond, whose office helped get Neck City restored to the Census records. Officials say a mixup had led to the town being dropped.

Gooch is now aiming to get Neck City on MoDOT's official state maps. The agency says towns on the map must be incorporated, have signs showing the city limits and be located on a state route.

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