Audrain County, Missouri

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Audrain County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 25,853. Its county seat is Mexico[1]. The county was organized in 1836. Audrain County was named for Col. James Hunter Audrain. Col. Audrain was Colonel of militia in the War of 1812. In 1830 Col. Audrain was elected to the state legislature.



Audrain County was one of several along the Missouri River settled by migrants from the Upper South, especially Kentucky and Tennessee. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. They also brought characteristic antebellum architecture and culture. The county was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 697 square miles (1,805.2 km2), of which 693 square miles (1,794.9 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.53%) is water.

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