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West Plains in Howell County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Early West Plains Spring

 
 
Early West Plains Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2021
1. Early West Plains Spring Marker
Inscription.  Beneath this building still flowing is the spring around which the early Indian tribes camped. The first known white man to claim land in the immediate vicinity of the spring was a hunter named Adams. In 1839 Adams sold his claim to Josiah Howell who established the first permanent settlement which became West Plains. County lines were defined in 1848, and the first post office was established. In 1857 the county seat was established at West Plains, and in 1860 the first court house was built. There were 150 people in West Plains.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
Location. 36° 43.681′ N, 91° 51.07′ W. Marker is in West Plains, Missouri, in Howell County. Marker is on East Main Street just east of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the north/front façade of the Old Post Office building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East Main Street, West Plains MO 65775, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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flies. Mount Zion Lodge Masonic Temple (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Six Confederate Soldiers (about 500 feet away); Civil War Skirmish - 1862 (about 500 feet away); Time Capsule (about 500 feet away); West Plains (approx. 3 miles away); Sadie Brown (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  West Plains, Missouri.
The history of West Plains can be traced back to 1832, when settler Josiah Howell (after whom Howell County is named) created the first settlement in the region known as Howell Valley. West Plains was so named because the settlement was on a prairie in a westerly direction from the nearest town, Thomasville.
(Submitted on November 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Early West Plains Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2021
2. Early West Plains Spring Marker
Historic Post Office, West Plains, Missouri (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2021
3. Historic Post Office, West Plains, Missouri (north elevation)
(marker visible below windows on left/east side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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