1860 Census Below
Knobnoster (elevation 804 feet)
Knobnoster, on the M. P. R.R., ten miles east of Warrensburg, derives its name from a prominent mound or knob that stands near it, isolated, on the prairie...The town was laid out in 1845, incorporated in 1852, and contained five churches, one school, one newspaper...two hotels, two livery stables, twenty stores, one wagon and saddler's shop, two lumberyards, one nursery and 1 grain depot. Population about 2,000 (1874). (--Campbell, p. 211.)
Residents of this Johnson County farming community believe--and probably they are right--theirs is the only town in the world named Knobnoster, a combination of English and Latin, meaning "our knobs"; the name was coined by a school teacher, shortly after the town was founded in 1858, by Samuel Workman. (--The Empire that Missouri Pacific Serves, p. 227.)
It is situated at Section 15, 16, 21, & 22, Township 46 N, Range 24 W, at the junction of J. D & 50.