Tarkio (pop. 1583) is located at the intersection of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 136, just seven miles off of I-29. Tarkio is home to the former Tarkio College Campus and Heartland Recreation Center, and boasts a number of historic homes. Active community groups include Tarkio Chamber of Commerce, and Tarkio Rotary. Tarkio R-I (K-12) cooperates with Fairfax as the East Atchison Wolves for athletics.
Tarkio Renewal, established in 2006, is a group of community volunteers whose focus is the elimination of dangerous and dilapidated buildings and general beautification of the community. To date, more than twenty dangerous and unsightly structures have been demolished. Tarkio Renewal relies entirely on donations to carry out their mission. If you would like to donate to this group, please send your contribution to ACDC (P.O. Box 243, Rock Port, MO 64482) or US Bank (109 S 3rd, Tarkio, MO 64491). Be sure to specify that you would like your donation to go to 'Tarkio Renewal.'