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Marceline is a city in Chariton and Linn Counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 2,221 at the 2010 census.HistoryIn 1887 the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway began construction from Kansas City, Missouri to Chicago. A location was chosen as a terminal or division point between Kansas City and Fort Madison, Iowa, dividing the distance between Chicago and Kansas City into thirds. The division point was located a hundred miles northeast of Kansas City, in a sparsely populated settled prairie. It would serve as a location where trains could take on fuel, water, and fresh crews.On January 28, 1888 the first town lot was sold in the newly platted division point of the railway, later called Marceline. The community got its name at the request of one of the directors of the new railroad, whose wife bore the name Marcelina. With a slight change, her name was attached to the new railroad city. The city was incorporated on March 6, 1888. The city grew so rapidly that by summer, it boasted a population of 2,500. The main street of the city was called Santa Fe Avenue and intersected the train tracks. A street parallel to the rail lines,called Kansas Avenue, served as a commercial street.Marceline's population was about 2,500 people by 1900. It peaked at 4,000 people later in the 1900s decade. Marceline is best known for being the boyhood hometown of Walt Disney. Elias Disney and his family settled there in April, 1906. On March 5, he bought a forty-acre farm. Its previous owner William E. Crane had died in November, 1905. Crane was a veteran of the American Civil War and his house predated the foundation of Marceline. Although the family lived here for only four years, Disney's ties to Marceline are pronounced, with the elementary school and post office named for him. The town also provided inspiration for the film Lady and the Tramp. Disney recalled that by 1908, Marceline had only two cars. One of the city's major events is September's ToonFest, to which well-known artists are invited.
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