Downtown Ashland, elevated view of people gathering on uidentified downtown street, 1912. Credit: Citizen's Handbook, City of Ashland, Missouri
Ashland was founded in 1853 and named by the admirers of Henry Clay for his home in Lexington, Kentucky. There may have been a grove of ash trees at or near the location of the town in early days, (Eaton, p. 211; W.F. Switzler, HIST. BOONE COUNTY, p. 633; Gannett, p. 20; Columbia Evening Missourian, July 18, 1921, 4-3.) [Ashland was first founded in 1827 under the name "Wiseman." The post office was discontinued in 1856 and established as Ashland February 22, 1856 (Dr. Denny, Univ. of Missouri)] Source: Pace, Nadine. "Place Names In The Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1928.
Credit: State Historical Society of Missouri