Our Community

This page contains some facts about Seneca, Demographic Information, a city map and other information about the City of Seneca.  

  Seneca has a long history starting with the discovery of the beautiful valley which contained two natural water ways, rolling hills, lush foliage and a lostcreekpeaceful atmosphere. The settlers soon realized the natural treasure they had discovered. By the time Missouri became a state in 1821 the valley was already known by the name “Seneca”. This is an Indian name which means “Keeper of the door”.

  Seneca has always had a rich history. The Frisco Railroad (now Burlington-Northern) runs tFrisco_smallhrough the Lost Creek Valley (Seneca). The railway was the life line to settlers who traveled west-ward. Seneca was the last town before you entered Indian Territory. Because Seneca_Depot_smallof this it has been  nick-named “Little Town On The Border”. The Frisco Railroad ended at Indian Territory (what know is the Oklahoma state line).      

country_school_small  Education has always been a priority to the people in the Seneca Area.   The first school was started in Seneca in 1876. The first building was a small two room log building. The first Seneca school term was only four months. School started at sun-up and was dismissal  long after the sun had gone down each day. Over the years the many changes have occurred.  highschoolbldg2The citizens of the Seneca R7 School District have supported upgrading the facilities.   Currently thigh_schoolhe school district has a pre-K, grade school, intermediate school, middle school and high school.  There are 1636 students enrolled in the 2014-2015 Iva_E._wells_middle_school_smallschool year.   The motto of the Seneca
R7 School District is
Tradition Pride Class”
   Seneca is a progressive community with many points of interest for families. Seneca hosts two city parks, both having walking tracks and play ground equipment for the children.              The  largerSenecaParkBridge of the two city parks is located in the Lost Creek Valley. It contains a public swimming pool with a splash pad, four tennis courts and a walking track that crosses over Little Lost Creek.  The tranquil sound of the water makes walking the track a relaxing adventure. Commonly in the early morning hours  and at dusk, deer are seen in the parks .  

Demographics

   The population as of 2011 was 2,348 and growing.  The hometown USA atmosphere is enjoyed by young and old alike. It is ran by an elected mayor and six city council members. The City of Seneca extends from a northern boundary of  US 43 highway & Lucy Lane to southern boundary 1/4 mile south of US 43 highway & US 60 highway. A western boundary of the Oklahoma State line to a eastern boundary of Old 60 highway and Antelope Rd.

City services

    • City Water System
    • City Sewer System
    • Waste Removal (contracted)
    • Recycling Center
    • Full time Police Department 24-7
    • Volunteer Fire Department  24-7
    • Staffed Ambulance Station 24-7
    • Two public Parks
    • A Public Swimming Pool
    • Public Library

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2 thoughts on “Our Community

  • 10/06/2017 at 8:00 pm
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    Hello,
    How are things going in Seneca? I have a couple of questions. I know that my Grandparents lived in Seneca. I’m sure that my Grandfather was a pastor there for some time. This would have been during World War II at sometime after. There names are Walter David Higgins born 07/25/1925. I’m not sure how long he lived there but he had 17 brothers and sisters yes 17! An my Grandmother’s name was Lillian not sure of her middle name because she never liked the name Lillian and as long as I can remember she went by Sue Higgins her maiden name is Laposa. But I don’t know if you have any information on them? I clicked on the map an it’s so small that I can not read it.
    I collect coins and years ago my grandmother gave me I guess what you would call a novelty item. It’s made out of I call it plastic it I’m not that plastic as we know it was widely used or available. But it’s the size of a half dollar an in the middle is a Wheat back penny dated 1945D. The D is where the coin is minted. D is for Denver,P or not marked is for Philadelphia an S is for San Francisco. They made coins elsewhere but they have long closed. Such as New Orleans,an Carson City. But the reason Iam bring this up is on one side it says “keep this an you’ll never go broke” on the other side it says STONE GARAGE SENECA, MO. I tried to hunt it on the net but with no luck. But I thought that maybe some one who has lived in the area since at least 1950 might recall the garage an where it was located. I would love to hear anything from you. Or if your Chamber of Commerce has a packet of information about the area an things to do.Please send me any an all the things you have. I live outside of Chattanooga Tennessee an I would love to visit,to see the place I’ve heard so much about. Both of my Grandparents passed away not too long ago. So I have no way to ask questions. It’s on of those things that if you could only have one day back with them all of the questions I would ask. An my mother passed away of ALS or you might be more familiar with Lou Gehrig’s disease. It attacks your nervous system so she was unable to answer any questions.
    So ANY help you can give me would be greatly appreciated
    My mailing address is
    Jason McDonald
    1429 Fairoak Ln NW
    Cleveland TN
    37312-3038

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  • 05/08/2018 at 6:46 pm
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    I’m sorry I am just now seeing this message. I have spoke with a couple of people and no one recalls those names. Do remember what church he pastored at? Do you know approximately what part of town they lived in? Did your mother live here as well? If so, what was her name?
    We do recall the Stone Garage. It is long gone now. There is a chiropractors office there now.
    Please let me know if we can help.

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