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Missouri (Andrew County), Savannah — Andrew County
Andrew County, organized 1841, is one of 6 counties in the Indian Platte Purchase Territory annexed to Missouri, 1837. Named for Andrew Jackson Davis, St. Louis editor, the county was first settled in the middle 1830ís. Pioneers were from Ohio, . . . — Map (db m39756) HM
Missouri (Atchison County), Rock Port — Rock Port
Side A: Here on Rock Creek in Missouri's fertile Glacial Plains, Rock Port was laid out, 1851, by Nathan Meek and succeeded Linden as seat of Atchison County, 1856. A leader in corn production, the county, organized 1845, is named for U.S. . . . — Map (db m48107) HM
Missouri (Audrain County), Mexico — Mexico
[Side A] Internationally known for its firebrick industry and famed for its saddle horses, this county seat was laid out by Robert C. Mansfield and James H. Smith not long before Audrain County was organized, 1836. Named for legislator . . . — Map (db m70508) HM
Missouri (Barry County), Cassville — Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri - 1858-1861

Cassville, the last town on the route of the Butterfield Mail in Missouri, was not a relay station but the coaches stopped for mail and passengers — Map (db m80212) HM

Missouri (Barton County), Lamar — Lamar
Side A Lamar is distinguished as the birthplace of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. The son of John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen (Young) Truman, he was born May 8, 1884. The family moved to Harrisonville in Cass . . . — Map (db m42286) HM
Missouri (Bates County), Rich Hill — Harmony Mission ó American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. 33
[Front] Historic Harmony Mission, a school for the Indians of Missouri, once stood east of Rich Hill, on the north bank of the Osage River, near the centuries-old camping sites of the Great and Little Osage tribes. The mission was founded . . . — Map (db m39941) HM
Missouri (Boone County), Columbia — Columbia, MO
Columbia, "Educational Center of Missouri", originated in the town of Smithton, laid out by the Smithton land Company, 1819. By 1821, when the name was changed, the town was the seat of Boone Co., organized 1820, and named for Daniel Boone who died . . . — Map (db m106358) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Saint Joseph
(Front): Renowned city of the Pony Express, St. Joseph was first settled as a trading post for the American Fur Company by Joseph Robidoux, 1826. Later he acquired the site and laid out a town in 1843. St. Joseph became an outfitting point . . . — Map (db m4989) HM
Missouri (Butler County), Poplar Bluff — Poplar Bluff
(Front): In the Ozark perimeter, above Missouri's Southeast Lowland Region, Poplar Bluff was laid out in 1849 as seat of newly organized Butler County. The town was named for its location in a forest of yellow poplars on the bluffs above . . . — Map (db m36128) HM
Missouri (Callaway County), Fulton — Fulton
This is a two sided marker Side A: Fulton was founded here in the Little Dixie Region of Missouri, 1825, to replace the poorly located Elizabeth as seat of Callaway County. Named for a grandson of Daniel Boone and War of 1812 . . . — Map (db m78757) HM
Missouri (Camden County), Lake Ozark — Bagnell Dam
This is a two sided marker Side A: The historic Osage River, impounded here by Bagnell Dam, flows east and north some 82 miles to join the Missouri. At the river's mouth, the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition camped several days and . . . — Map (db m78759) HM
Missouri (Carter County), Van Buren — Van Buren
(Front): Van Buren, settled as the seat of Ripley County, organized, 1833, became the seat of Carter County when it was organized from parts of Ripley and Shannon counties, 1859. Nearby Big Spring State Park, 4582 acres of Ozark grandeur, . . . — Map (db m36143) HM
Missouri (Cass County), Harrisonville — Cass County
(Front): Midway on Missouri's western border, Cass County was organized in 1835 and named Van Buren. The Free-Soil Party affiliation of Martin Van Buren led to name change, in 1849 for Democrat Lewis Cass. In territory ceded by Osage tribes . . . — Map (db m20267) HM
Missouri (Cedar County), Stockton — Cedar County
(side 1) Here where the Ozark Highland borders on the Western Prairie region of Missouri, Cedar County was organized in 1845. The name is for the trees along Cedar Creek. Stockton, the county seat, was platted in 1846 on land given by . . . — Map (db m72914) HM
Missouri (Christian County), Clever — Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri — 1858-1861
The John C. Ashmore Relay Station in northwest Christian County stood in Polk Township, 152 ½ miles from the Tipton Terminus. It was the only station in the county. — Map (db m99690) HM
Missouri (Christian County), Ozark — Christian County
Deep in the Missouri Ozarks, Christian County, organized 1859, was one of last 3 of the Stateís 114 counties to be formed. At the request of pioneer “Mrs. Thomas Neaves” it was named for her native Ky. county honoring Rev. War Col. . . . — Map (db m99716) HM
Missouri (Clay County), Liberty — Liberty
[Front] Early border town, prominent trading and outfitting center, and one of the farthest northwest of U. S. towns to be based on southern culture and economy. Settled about 1820, mainly by southern pioneers, the town became the seat of . . . — Map (db m81749) HM
Missouri (Cole County), Jefferson City — Jefferson City
Front The capital of Missouri, officially named the City of Jefferson in honor of the third U.S. President, is built on a site chosen by the First General Assembly, 1821, for a seat of government. St. Charles, until 1826, was the temporary . . . — Map (db m62394) HM
Missouri (Cooper County), Boonville — Boonville
Side A: Historic Boonville's first settlers were pioneer Mother Hannah Allison Cole and her 9 children who located on the Missouri River bluffs where St. Joseph Hospital now stands, 1810. Hannah, whose husband William T. Cole was killed by . . . — Map (db m46067) HM
Missouri (Crawford County), Leasburg — Crawford County
Side A: Early noted for its rich banks of iron ore, Crawford County was organized 1829, and named for Georgia Sen. W.H. Crawford. In territory ceded by Osage tribes 1808, the county was roamed by the Delaware and Shawnee into the period of . . . — Map (db m55636) HM
Missouri (Dade County), Greenfield — Dade County

[Side A] Encompassing 504 sq. miles of the west slope of Missouri's Ozarks, Dade County was organized in 1841 and named for Maj. Francis L. Dade killed in Florida War with Seminoles in 1835. In territory ceded by Osage tribes in 1808, the . . . — Map (db m79788) HM

Missouri (Dallas County), Buffalo — Dallas County
[Front] Dallas County, organized 1841, was first called Niangua for the river flowing within its borders, but the name proved difficult and it was changed to Dallas in 1844 for U.S. Vice Pres. George M. Dallas. Settled in the early 1830's . . . — Map (db m62544) HM
Missouri (Daviess County), Gallatin — Gallatin
[Front] This Grand River town, platted in 1837 as the seat of Daviess County, is named in honor of Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury, 1801-1813. Settlers were in the area as early as 1830 and in 1836 the county was formed. . . . — Map (db m67339) HM
Missouri (DeKalb County), Maysville — DeKalb County

[Side A] DeKalb County, 270,720 acres of rolling prairie land, is one of 19 Missouri counties organized in February, 1845. The name is for German-born Johann Kalb, member of the French army and general in the American Revolution, known as . . . — Map (db m88146) HM

Missouri (Dent County), Salem — Salem
Salem, an Ozark plateau town, 1,180 feet above sea level, was laid out, 1851, as the seat of newly organized Dent County. The town was named by early settler David R. Henderson for Salem, North Carolina, and the county name honors local pioneer and . . . — Map (db m99638) HM
Missouri (Dunklin County), Kennett — Kennett
(Front): Here in the Southeast Lowland Region of Missouri on a Delaware and Shawnee Indian village site, Kennett was laid out as the seat of Dunklin County, 1846. The town was first called Chilletecaux for a Delaware Indian living here at the . . . — Map (db m17477) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Washington
Side A Characterized by old world charm of its German heritage, Washington was founded by William G. Owens who bought acreage here 1828, at the Missouri River ferry then called Washington Landing, Lucinda Young Owens, his widow, filed the . . . — Map (db m61607) HM
Missouri (Gasconade County), Hermann — Hermann
Side 1: Often called "Little Germany," Hermann was founded by the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia, 1836, as a colony where German customs and language could be preserved amid the benefits of America. Named for the national . . . — Map (db m43695) HM
Missouri (Gentry County), Albany — Gentry County
[Front] Gentry County, first formed in 1841, and fully organized in 1845, is named for Mo. Militia Maj. Gen. Richard Gentry, Colonel of Volunteers in the Florida War, hero of the Battle of Lake Okeechobee, 1837, in which he was killed. A . . . — Map (db m66516) HM
Missouri (Greene County), Republic — Springfield
(Front): Queen City of the Ozarks, settled in 1830 by Tennessee pioneers on what had been a Kickapoo, Osage, and Delaware Indian camping ground. Springfield was first called Campbell and Fulbright Springs after its first settlers. Rivalry . . . — Map (db m35247) HM
Missouri (Harrison County), Bethany — Harrison County
[Front] Here in the undulating glacial plains of north central Missouri, Harrison is one of 9 counties forming the State's border with Iowa. Twenty-sixth in size of Missouri's 114 counties, and second largest on the border, it was . . . — Map (db m66588) HM
Missouri (Henry County), Clinton — Henry County
[Side A] Henry County, in the prairie region of west central Missouri, was organized 1834, and named for Va. statesman William C. Rives. It was renamed for Patrick Henry in 1841, after Rives changed from Democrat to Whig. Through the . . . — Map (db m69513) HM
Missouri (Hickory County), Hermitage — Hickory County
This is a two sided marker Side A: Here in the Ozark Highland of Missouri, Hickory County was organized 1845, and named for U.S. President Andrew Jackson, known as "Old Hickory." Lying in the Osage land cession of 1808, the county . . . — Map (db m78761) HM
Missouri (Iron County), Pilot Knob — Fort Davidson
(Front): Surrounded by the rugged splendor of the highest peaks of the Missouri Ozarks, Arcadia Valley lies in the geologic center of the Ozarks, one of the world's oldest mountain regions. The valley towns are in an area settled in the iron . . . — Map (db m38440) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Buckner — Fort Osage
Side 1 Four miles north are restored buildings of Fort Osage, westernmost frontier outpost of the U.S. government until 1819. One of 28 fortified Indian trading posts or "factories" operation on our Indian frontiers, 1795-1822, to promote . . . — Map (db m90355) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Independence
Side A: Independence, famed "City of the Trails," was for two decades the starting point of the great western trade and travel routes to Santa Fe, Oregon, and California. Settled mainly by Southerners on land ceded the U.S. by the Osage . . . — Map (db m44323) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Carthage — Carthage
The beautiful city of Carthage was laid out, 1842, as the seat of Jasper County, organized, 1841, and named for Sgt. William Jasper, Revolutionary hero. Centered in a county of great mineral wealth and good farm land, Carthage grew into a marketing, . . . — Map (db m24311) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin
(side one) Joplin, at the edge of the Ozark Highland, the city that lead and zinc built, was first sparsely settled as a farming community, 1838, John C. Cox, followed by the Rev. H.G. Joplin, and others. The first post office, 1840, was . . . — Map (db m21868) HM
Missouri (Johnson County), Warrensburg — Warrensburg

[Front] One of Missouri's early western prairie towns, Warrensburg was founded in 1836 as seat of Johnson County, organized in 1834. The town is named for Martin Warren, a pioneer settler, and the county for United States Vice President . . . — Map (db m85327) HM

Missouri (Laclede County), Lebanon — Lebanon
Lebanon, lying 1,265 feet above sea level, in Missouri's Central Ozarks, was founded in 1849 as the seat of newly organized Laclede County. Southern settlers named the town for Lebanon, Tenn. The county name honors the founder of St. Louis. When . . . — Map (db m44872) HM
Missouri (Lawrence County), Aurora — Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri — 1858-1861
The John I. Smith Relay Station was 172 ½ miles from the Tipton Terminus and stood in northeast Barry County, about 7 miles west of Crane. — Map (db m99688) HM
Missouri (Lawrence County), Verona — Lawrence County
Marker Front Wooded Ozark hills and fertile prairies for this county of contrasts organized in 1845 and named for Captain James Lawrence of “Donít give up the ship” fame. The first settlers, John Williams, located on Turnback . . . — Map (db m62833) HM
Missouri (Lewis County), Canton — Canton
Side A: Here on the Mississippi, where wooded hills rise above the plains along the river, Edward White, Robert Sinclair, and Isaac Bland founded Canton, probably named for Canton, Ohio, in February of 1830. On the pioneer Salt River . . . — Map (db m55407) HM
Missouri (Linn County), Laclede — Laclede
[Front] Laclede is distinguished as the boyhood home of John Joseph Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I. He was born near Laclede in Linn County, Sept. 13, 1860. At the time, his parents, . . . — Map (db m67004) HM
Missouri (Livingston County), Chillicothe — Chillicothe
Side A: On rolling land above the Grand, and between Thompson River and Medicine Creek, Chillicothe was laid out in 1837 as seat of newly organized Livingston County. The name is for Edward Livingston, U. S. Secy. of State, and the town . . . — Map (db m55364) HM
Missouri (Madison County), Fredericktown — Fredericktown
Side One Here in the southern extent of Missouriís historic southeast Lead Belt, Fredericktown was laid out on Saline Creek, 1819, by state legislator Nathaniel Cook. Commissioners T. F. Tong, Joseph Bennett, James Dotson, John Burditt, and . . . — Map (db m61715) HM
Missouri (Marion County), Palmyra — Palmyra
Side A: Palmyra, founded in 1819, was for many years the northernmost town on the Salt River Trail from St. Charles to the Des Moines River. A Federal Land Office for the Salt River area located here, 1824 – 58, led all others in the . . . — Map (db m55391) HM
Missouri (McDonald County), Lanagan — McDonald County
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 . . . — Map (db m99715) HM
Missouri (Mississippi County), Charleston — Mississippi County
(Front): Comprising 411 square miles of Missouri's great alluvial plain, this county, organized in 1845, is a high producer of cotton, grain, and soybeans. The Mississippi (Algonquin Indian for Great Water), flowing along some 70 miles of the . . . — Map (db m17721) HM
Missouri (Moniteau County), Tipton — Tipton ó Butterfield Overland Mail Terminus
[Front] Historic town in the annals of western transportation, Tipton, in 1858-59, was the eastern stagecoach terminus of the famous Butterfield Overland Mail. N.Y. expressman John Butterfield (1801-69), under contract to carry mail and . . . — Map (db m62481) HM
Missouri (Morgan County), Syracuse — Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri - 1858-1861
The George Shackelford Relay and Meal Station stood ½ miles south of Syracuse in Morgan County. In 1859, when the railroad reached Syracuse, it succeeded Tipton as Stage terminus. Civil War activity closed the terminus in March, 1861. — Map (db m61425) HM
Missouri (New Madrid County), New Madrid — New Madrid
(Front) First American town in Missouri. Founded in 1789 by George Morgan, Princeton graduate and Indian trader, on the site of Francois and Joseph Le Sieur's trading settlement, L'Anse a laGraise (Fr. Cove of Fat). Flood and caving banks . . . — Map (db m12339) HM
Missouri (Nodaway County), Maryville — Maryville
[Front] On rolling prairie above the scenic One Hundred and Two River. Maryville was laid out, 1845, as the seat of newly organized Nodaway County. The town is named for its first white woman settler, Mary House Graham, the wife of county . . . — Map (db m66480) HM
Missouri (Pemiscot County), Caruthersville — Caruthersville
(Front): The capital of historic Pemiscot County and center for a cotton, grain, timber, and industrial area, Caruthersville was laid out, 1857, by George W. Bushey and J. Hardeman Walker (1794-1860), on the Walker plantation. "Bootheel" . . . — Map (db m36219) HM
Missouri (Perry County), Altenburg — Altenburg
(Front): Some 700 Saxon Lutherans settled, 1839, in Perry County and formed the parishes of Altenburg, Wittenberg, Dresden, Seelitz, Frohna, and one settlement, Johannisburg, in Cape Girardeau County. The community of Paltzdorf (Uniontown) . . . — Map (db m35290) HM
Missouri (Phelps County), Rolla — Rolla
Side A: This Ozark plateau town, 1120 feet above sea level, was a "Child of the railroad." On a natural passageway to southwest Missouri, midway between St. Louis and Springfield, this site was chosen by the Southwestern Branch of the . . . — Map (db m55637) HM
Missouri (Pike County), Bowling Green — Bowling Green
This is a two sided marker Side A: Bowling Green, the capital of Pike County, lies 12 miles in from the Mississippi River on a rolling plain, 880 feet above sea level. First pioneer here, John W. Basye, came in 1820 and by 1823, . . . — Map (db m78676) HM
Missouri (Pike County), Louisiana — Louisiana
This is a two sided marker Side A: Louisiana, early Mississippi River port, known for the Delicious apple developed here and grown through the world, was settled, in 1817, when John Bryson pre-empted land near the confluence of the . . . — Map (db m78675) HM
Missouri (Platte County), Platte City — Platte County
[Front] Platte is one of 6 counties formed from the U.S. Government's 1836 Platte Purchase in which Iowa, Sac, Fox, and small bands of other Indian tribes gave up over 2 million acres of land for $7,500 and other benefits. The Purchase was . . . — Map (db m66465) HM
Missouri (Pulaski County), Waynesville — Pulaski County
Side A: Here in Missouri's central Ozarks, Pulaski County was organized 1833, and named for Revolutionary War general, Polish Count Casimir Pulaski. Once roamed by Indians and French trappers, the county is part of land ceded by the Osage . . . — Map (db m55638) HM
Missouri (Saint Clair County), Osceola — Osceola
(Front): Early thriving Osage River post. Osceola was settled during the mid-1830's largely by Southerners. The settlement and its first store were known as the "crossing of the Osage at Crow and Crutchfield's," until the name of the Indian . . . — Map (db m36090) HM
Missouri (Schuyler County), Lancaster — Lancaster
Side 1 Capital of one of the foremost livestock farming counties in Missouri, Lancaster was laid out as the county seat of the newly organized Schuyler County, 1845. Named for Rev. War Gen. Phillip J. Schuyler, the county was a part of the . . . — Map (db m95689) HM
Missouri (Shannon County), Eminence — Eminence
(Front): Here in one of the most beautiful areas of Missouri's Ozarks, Eminence was founded as the seat of Shannon County after it was organized, 1841. First located north of Current River, the town was burned in the Civil War by guerrilla . . . — Map (db m35926) HM
Missouri (Sullivan County), Milan — Sullivan County
Side 1 First called Highland, Sullivan County was formed, 1843. Fully organized in 1845, it was named for Revolutionary War Gen. John Sullivan. Comprising 654 sq. miles of high glacial prairie land, the county lies in territory ceded 1824, . . . — Map (db m95702) HM
Missouri (Vernon County), Nevada — Nevada
Side A Financial center and shipping point, this prairie town was founded in 1855 as the seat of Vernon County, fertile farming and coal producing area. Col. D. C. Hunter, who laid out the town, named it for Nevada City, Calif. The county, . . . — Map (db m44016) HM
Missouri (Warren County), Warrenton — Daniel Boone
Front Daniel Boone, universal symbol of the American frontier, was 65 when he came to Upper Louisiana, now Missouri, 1799. His wife Rebecca was 60. The Spanish lieutenant governor granted Boone 845 acres nearby here on Femme Osage Creek. . . . — Map (db m42564) HM
Missouri (Webster County), Marshfield — Webster County
Webster County, organized March 3, 1855, encompasses 590 sq. miles of the highest extensive upland area of Missouriís Ozarks. The judicial seat, Marshfield, lies 1490 feet above sea level, highest county seat in Mo. Pioneer legislator John F. . . . — Map (db m99606) HM
Missouri (Wright County), Hartville — Wright County
Wright County, in the Ozark Highland of Missouri, lies in a region ceded the U.S. by the Osage Indians in 1808. The first white settlers, mainly from Tennessee, came in the 1830ís. The county, named for Senator Silas Wright of N.Y., was organized in . . . — Map (db m99290) HM

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