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Bates city is located a short 20 minute drive from the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  We are close enough to enjoy all of the amenities that a major metropolitan area offers, yet far enough to enjoy the warmth and charm of a small community.

Although the town’s population is just under 250, it boasts a variety of family owned and operated businesses including an antique mall, Bates City Cafe, and of course the original Bates City Barbecue. What makes Bates City so special, however, is the dedication of its citizens who personify the ideals of small town living in their respect for hard work and the way that they care for one another.  People who pine for the bygone days when life was less complicated, food was home cooked, and  friends and neighbors were one in the same, will find themselves at home here in Bates City, MO. 

Bates City provides an excellent location for your new or growing business.  We are only a short distance from big city services, and our local businesses find Bates City to be a convenient and comfortable location.  With an easy access point to I-70, Bates City Industrial Park offers the ideal place for economic opportunity and growth.   Bates City has been designated as part of an Enhanced Enterprize Zone Tax Benefit Program which provides tax credits to new or expanding businesses.  Information about the EEZ program can be found on the Missouri Department of Economic Development website...

Missouri Department of Economic Development

The Board of Mayor, Aldermen and city staff are continuously striving to improve growth and services offered in Bates City.  As a result of our continuing efforts a new sewer system was installed in 2004, a new water tower was installed in 2007, and water lines were updated in 2010.

If you have any questions regarding city services, don’t hesitate to call City Hall at (816) 690-3818.  City Hall offices are open from 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  

Our community is very blessed and is extremely rich with history. On September 3, 1878 the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bates founded Bates City on a plot of land given by Mr. Bates. He laid out town site of Bates City on a plot of his land through which the Chicago & Alton railroad would be built with the next year.  Soon the town began to boom with construction on new businesses and homes.  Mr. Bates gave each of his 9 children a farm from his land.  When he died in 1891 his widow bought 5 acres from her son and in the center selected the family plot where Mr. Bates was buried, the first in the Bates City Cemetery.  His wife, Nancy Bates is buried beside her husband.  In 2010 the descendants of Theodore and Nancy Bates, along with volunteers from the city, restored their gravesite and installed a brick and wrought iron entrance to the cemetery