Life was peaceful in Four Mile until the area was startled
with news of a railroad coming. The line was built in 1880-1881,
running two miles south of Four Mile. Merchants were quick to set up
little branch stores to do business with the railroad work crews.
Campbell started with the railroad and Four Mile was doomed. Within two years, every business there had moved to Campbell.
Campbell flourished and during the 1890's it grew into a timber center. Sawmills and lumber companies dotted the town and one owner made a million dollars within a few years. Campbell was the most thriving town in Dunklin County until the timber was gone, about 1908.
Following the disappearance of good timber, the community settled down as an agricultural town. Growth over the years has been relatively slow, but it has been steady. During the past three decades, while other Missouri towns of its size were losing population, Campbell continued its steady growth.
The City of Campbell continues to look forward to the future. With its famous peaches, cotton and other agriculture, it has progressed to its current population of 1,883.