In 1838, Father Helias the "Apostle of Central Missouri" came to this area to care for German immigrants. Shortly after, 10 acres of land was purchased from Henry and Gertrude Haar for $5.00 to be used for a church and school. The year 1840 saw the erection of the first church, which was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, a famous Jesuit missionary to India. The site of the Parish was named Haarville. It was called this for many years, but when some soldiers came back from the war with Mexico who had fought in the Battle of Taos and Sacramento, the town was forever referred to as Taos.
Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964:
The City of Taos complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from excluding from a program or activity, denying benefits of, or otherwise discriminating against a person on the basis of race, color, or national origin (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), as implemented by the Department of the Treasury's Tital VI regulations, 31 CFR Part 22. Title VI also includes protection to persons with "Limited English Proficiency" in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., as implemented by the Department of the Treasury's Title VI regulations, 31 CFR Part 22.
Taos is the home of former major league baseball pitcher, Tom Henke, (known as "The Terminator") who won the 1992 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays, and also pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Taos, Missouri, has a sister city, Twist, Germany, that started 30 years ago when a group of Twist residents visited the small Central Missouri town where some of their ancestors immigrated to in the mid 1800's to escape famine.
The 2020 census lists a population of 1,150 people and 443 households residing in the city.