Hillsboro in Jefferson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Herculaneum, on the Mississippi, first town in the county and first county seat, was founded by Moses Austin and Samuel Hammond in 1809 as a lead depot for the mines at Potosi. Shot towers built on the Mississippi bluffs supplied shot to troops in War of 1812. In 1839 centrally located Hillsboro succeeded as county seat and Herculaneum languished. In the 1890's the St. Joseph Lead Co. smelter, built on the original townsite, brought renewed growth.
Herculaneum is the birthplace of Thomas C. Fletcher (1827-99) the first native-born governor, 1865-69; and Campbell Morfit (1820-97) noted chemist. Daniel Dunklin, the fifth governor of Missouri, is buried in the family plot at nearby Riverside.
A spur of the Ozark Highland runs into Jefferson
Grain and stock farming and industries associated with county resources brought rapid settlement, many coming from the South and later, Germany. In 1857, Thomas C. Fletcher and L.J. Rankin laid out De Soto. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern R.R. (now Missouri Pacific) opened repair shops there in 1872. Phenomenal silica deposits brought a plate glass industry and the towns of Crystal City and Festus in the 1870's. This industry is now one of largest plants of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.
Among places of interest in the county are Maclot's shot towersite at Herculaneum; Thomas C. Fletcher House at Hillsboro; Grace Presbyterian Church at Crystal City; marker on the route of the 1789 El Camino Real (Sp. King's Highway) at Kimmswick.
Erected 1955 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
Location. 38° 13.919′ N, 90° 33.825′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Missouri, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Main Street, Hillsboro MO 63050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Governor Thomas C. Fletcher House (approx. 0.2 miles away).
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