Friday, July 20, 2007
Chillicothe (MO) Business College
Traveling through Chillicothe, MO...? If so, you can still see several buildings remaining from what once operated as Chillicothe Business College and for a time claimed it was the “largest business college in America.” The institution was founded in 1890 and was initially known as Chillicothe Normal School.
After 1911 the focus shifted to practical business training and the name changed to Chillicothe Business College. Benefitting from excellent marketing and a central location at the intersection of highways US 65 and US 36 with easy access to railroads, enrollment grew to over 3,500 students. CBC was known for assistance with tuition in the form of work-study and “guaranteed jobs" following graduation. At it's height, the campus consisted of more than 100 acres and thirty buildings.
A display on the college can be seen at the Grand River Valley Historical Society Museum, 1401 Forest Drive in Chillicothe, MO.