There’s a history behind the name, Moon City. In 1867, the long-awaited railroad (key to the Ozarks’ economic future) still had not reached Springfield, and a St. Louis newspaper opined that those in charge had “as much ability to build a railroad to the moon as to Springfield.” In 1870 the railroad did arrive, but not to “old town,” as promised. A better land deal lay to the north, and so a “new town”—North Springfield—was improvised and laid out around present-day Commercial Street. This was sheer folly to the “old towners,” who called the upstart “new town” Moon City. (If you want to know the two towns’ boundary, look to Division Street.) Rivals at first, the towns merged in 1887. Back some years when the press was first proposed, the editors remembered this old story. Symbolizing the quixotic, improvisational spirit of our region’s history and culture, the name is one that the Moon City Press is proud to keep—even if it requires some explaining. The following is our colophon:
Moon City Press is a joint venture of the Missouri State University
Departments of English and Art and Design.
With series lists in “Arts and Letters” and
“Ozarks History and Culture,”
Moon City books
between students and faculty
over the various aspects of publication:
research, writing, editing, layout and design.