Tarkio College was a college that operated in Tarkio, Missouri, from 1883 to 1992. The institution was supported by the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, followed by the Presbyterian Church (USA).[1] It was closed after filing for bankruptcy protection in 1991 and then was reopened in 2019 as Tarkio Technology Institute, a continuing education institution for professionals.[2][3]

Tarkio College
Tarkio College, c. 1910
Other name
Tarkio Technology Institute (dba), Tarkio Tech
Active1883–1992, 2019
Religious affiliation
United Presbyterian Church in the USA, Presbyterian Church (USA)

40°26′35″N 95°23′32″W / 40.443032°N 95.39234°W / 40.443032; -95.39234
Sporting affiliations
NAIAHAAC (until 1992)



Samuel C. Marshall was the first president and William E. Walker served as the last president.[2]

The Tarkio College mascot was the owl. The school colors were purple and white, and the college's motto, often attributed to its founder, wealthy farmer David Rankin, was "Set Fire, Tarkio!"[2]

One of the school's most famous structures was the Mule Barn Theatre, an octagon-shaped structure used originally to house mules. It was on the National Register of Historic Places but was destroyed by fire in 1989.[4]

After Tarkio College closed, the library books were purchased by and moved to Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There were also several attempts to find alternative uses for the property, including early discussions about the possible founding of a new institution, Tarkio Valley College. Initially, Youth Services International, Inc. operated Tarkio Academy, a residential and community-based educational program for juveniles between 1995 and 2004.[5] North Central Missouri College and Linn State College (called State Technical College of Missouri since July 2014) in Linn, Missouri, then announced an exploration of options for a new jointly operated technical college in early 2006. This was soon followed by reports that the property would become the Midwest Institute of Energy, a private college.[6] The institute missed its planned opening of 2009.

The Tarkio College Alumni Association preserved the original Tarkio College 1883 corporation and began the process to reopen the college in 2012 with a revised mission of providing continuing education for professionals as mandated for them by various state agencies, licensing boards or accrediting agencies. It does not provide academic credits at this time. Education and training will be available at locations throughout the United States as traditional seminars, online classes, interactive webinars—and also at the home campus in Tarkio, MO. The Alumni Association has rented the main building on the Tarkio campus, Rankin Hall, and is in the process of restoring this 1931 landmark. Robert A. Hughes, Tarkio College Class of 1971, is the current president of the newly reorganized college.[7][8]

In September 2019, Tarkio College Inc.received a Certificate of Operation from the Missouri Department of Higher Education.[3] Operating as Tarkio Technology Institute, TTI or Tarkio Tech, as it is known locally offers technical certification courses for professionals in Plumbing, Wind Energy, and Welding.[3]

January 6, 2020, TTI Twelcomed its first student in the welding program which, due to the small class size. The fall of 2020 marked the first official full year of classes in the three program areas originally approved by the state in September 2019.

In 2021, instruction was added in HVAC and computer repair and maintenance.[9][10]

Educational records


After the college closed, student transcript records were transferred to Northwest Missouri State University.[11]



The Tarkio athletic teams were called the Owls. The college was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) from 1971–72 to 1991–92. The Owls previously competed in the Missouri College Athletic Union (MCAU) from 1924–25 to 1970–71.



Tarkio College won the first NAIA Division I Men's basketball championship in 1940, defeating San Diego State 52–31.[2] Tarkio College's softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1976.[12]

Notable alumni


See also



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  4. ^ "Missouri Round Barns List". www.dalejtravis.com. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Belleville News-Democrat (February 13, 2006). "Old Tarkio College library considered for possible tech college". Belleville News-Democrat.
  6. ^ St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette Company (July 18, 2006). "Former Tarkio College will become energy institute". St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette Company.
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