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The area was first settled by farmers who located their farms along the wooded streams near present-day Nixa.[7] The area became a crossroads, as it was a half-day ride with a team of horses from Springfield.[7] Teamsters found it a convenient stopover site when hauling freight between Springfield and Arkansas.[7] The village became known as Faughts.[8] An early resident, Nicholas A. Inman, was a blacksmith from Tennessee, who set up a shop in 1852.[7] When a post office was opened, a town meeting was held to decide on a name for the new community. Because of his years of service to the community, the town was suggested to be named for him.[7] Another suggestion was "nix" because the community was "nothing but a crossroads".[7] The name Nix was finally decided upon, and Inman's middle initial "a" was added to get the unique name of Nixa.[7] The village incorporated on June 10, 1902.[7]