Hollister is a quaint but ambitious up and coming little town. With several new businesses on their way, Hollister is quickly expanding and becoming a desired place to live. The recent construction and continued growth of Branson are bringing a new rejuvenation to downtown Hollister. Many of the older mom and pop stores are being renovated and reopened as new businesses. Some of the new businesses in Hollister include a carwash, a health center, a home improvement chain, and Hollister’s first major hotel.
Hollister also has started to hold more city wide events such as free movie night in the park. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for a traditional movie on the lawn. See the Hollister’s city website for the next movie to be played as well as date and location. Hollister also has annual festivals such as the Hollister Grape Festival. The Grape & Fall Festival aspires to promote local businesses, crafters, and performers as well as provide entertainment for all of the residents and tourists. This festival is held in downtown Hollister on historic Downing Street. The town also features a historic train depot where several local events still take place. Check the City of Hollister website for an updated list of events.
History of Hollister
Malina Fortner was a pioneer who established her claim to the town in 1867. By 1904 Rueben Kirkham had opened a general store and had applied for permission to establish a post office. Kirkham suggested that the name of the town be Hollister after the birth place of his daughter which was in Hollister, California. In 1910 Hollister was incorporated as a town when Professor JW Blankenship became the first mayor. Are you interested in reading more of the history on the train depot, historic Downing Street, and local people of the past? Read more history here.
- Original Population in 1910: 111
- Estimated Population as of 2014: 4,481
- Town Area: 6.84 Square Miles
- 6.68 Square miles of land
- 0.16 Square miles of water
- Elevation: 722 Feet
City of Hollister
Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce
Hollister R-V School District
Ozark Technical Community College
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