Population: 2,086
Once known as the Mule Capital of the World for shipping thousands of mules around the world during the Boer War and WWII, Lathrop was born on the railroad, and survives on the interstate. Incorporated in 1867, Lathrop’s rich history is only matched by its bright future.

Ideally located just three miles off I-35 and Mo. Hwy 116, Lathrop boasts of an infrastructure that includes not only the main north/south interstate corridor, but now offers fiber optics to the home (FTTH) from Grand River Mutual/Lathrop Telephone Company. The City of Lathrop and the Lathrop R-II School District also offers residents up-to-minute text and email alerts about important city and school news & alerts.

Lathrop provides several businesses to meet the needs of a family, including two banks, three convenience stores, a discount general goods store, a locally owned grocery store and several service providers for your home, auto, and family. With a Rotary Club, Garden Club, GFWC Lathrop Study Club, Festival Corporation, Lathrop Antique Club and Chamber of Commerce, many doors are open to become a part of this established community, which lives up to its moniker, “Home of the Friendly People”.