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Near Lanagan in McDonald County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

McDonald County

 
 
McDonald County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 15, 2016
1. McDonald County Marker
Front Side
Inscription. McDonald County, 540 sq. miles of Ozark grandeur in Missouriís extreme southwest, was called Seneca when it was formed in 1847. Fully organized in 1849, it was named for Rev. War soldier Alexander McDonald.

†††††Pineville, the county seat, was laid out by Nathan Richardson, 1847, and first called Maryville. The judicial seat, first located at Rutledge (Elk Springs), was moved there in 1857 after a bitter dispute. Pineville at the headwaters of lovely Elk River, was a lively trading post for reservation Indians from what is now Okla., and settlers in 1860. A Jesse James movie was made there in 1938.

†††††The countyís first settlers were Valentine Miller and family, 1827. Pioneers were from Ky. and Tenn. The 1840ís brought the “Pine War” between settlers and U.S. Marshals over cutting trees on public land. In the 1850ís, bands of “Slickers” briefly tried to stop land sales. In War Between the States, this pro-Southern county on Ark. and Okla. borders, saw heavy troop movement, sharp skirmishes, guerrilla raids. Over the border, in Ark., is historic Pea Ridge Battlefield, site of decisive Union victory, March 7-8, 1862.

†††††Resort county in the Ozark Playgrounds Region, McDonald lies in a dairy, livestock, poultry, fruit, and timber area. Processing plants are at Noel and Anderson,
McDonald County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 15, 2016
2. McDonald County Marker
Back Side
largest town in the county, founded 1887. Near there is site of Splitlog, once a boom town where Mathias Splitlog, wealthy Wyandotte Indian, and others went broke mining foolís gold. There Splitlog began the countyís first railroad. The Kansas City & Southern was built through the county in the 1890ís.

†††††At Southwest City, settled in 1840ís, is the Missouri—Arkansas—Oklahoma tri-state boundary marker bearing the dates of when each state was admitted into the Union: Mo., 1821; Ark., 1836; Okla., 1907. Noel, named for Bridge Noel, founded 1891, gives cancellation on Christmas mail. Other towns in the county include Rocky Comfort, Tiff City, Goodman, Powell, Jane, and Lanagan.

†††††In the county are handsome Jacobís, Bluff Dwellers, Shira, and Ozark Wonder caves. Ancient Bluff Dweller sites, Indian mounds and trails are in the area a part of 1825 Osage Indian land cession. Only Confederate Indian General, Stan Watie, a Cherokee, is buried in Okla., near Southwest City, Mo.
 
Erected 1959 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Missouri, State Historical Society of marker series.
 
Location. 36° 35.955′ N, 94° 27.354′ W. Marker is
View to South from State Highway 59 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 15, 2016
3. View to South from State Highway 59
Marker is on left (east) side of highway
near Lanagan, Missouri, in McDonald County. Marker is on State Highway 59 half a mile south of Highway EE, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at Indian Creek Roadside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lanagan MO 64847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stand Watie (approx. 11.2 miles away in Oklahoma); Camp Walker (approx. 14Ĺ miles away in Arkansas); Fort Wayne (approx. 15Ĺ miles away in Oklahoma); Battle of Maysville (approx. 15.8 miles away in Arkansas).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker at Indian Creek Roadside Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 15, 2016
4. Marker at Indian Creek Roadside Park
MO-AR-OK Tri-State Boundary Marker near Southwest City image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 15, 2016
5. MO-AR-OK Tri-State Boundary Marker near Southwest City
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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