Howell County, Missouri

related topics
{household, population, female}
{county, mile, population}
{build, building, house}
{land, century, early}

Howell County is a county located in South Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 37,238. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 39,000. The largest city and county seat is West Plains[2]. The county was officially organized on March 2, 1851, and is named after Josiah Howell, a pioneer settler in the Howell Valley.

Contents

History

Howell County was organized on March 2, 1857, from Oregon County, and named for Josiah Howell, who made the first settlement in Howell Valley.

The first Circuit Court met in a log cabin one mile east of West Plains, according to an 1876 account. A small, wooden courthouse was built on the square in West Plains in 1859. It was damaged during the Civil War in 1862. The county was reorganized three years later, but all of the county records were destroyed in an 1866 fire. A second courthouse was built in West Plains in 1869. It was a small, three-room, frame building, about 24 by 30 feet.

Full article ▸

related documents
Muscatine County, Iowa
Lander County, Nevada
McLennan County, Texas
Livingston County, Illinois
Defiance County, Ohio
Lanier County, Georgia
Pike County, Georgia
Wilcox County, Georgia
Terrell County, Georgia
Madison County, Iowa
Wright County, Iowa
Hancock County, Ohio
Hamilton County, Tennessee
Smith County, Texas
Knox County, Illinois
Darlington County, South Carolina
Jackson County, Tennessee
Dade County, Georgia
Erie County, Ohio
Carroll County, Arkansas
White Pine County, Nevada
Crawford County, Ohio
Effingham County, Illinois
Storey County, Nevada
Champaign County, Ohio
Muscogee County, Georgia
Ashland County, Ohio
Greene County, Ohio
Jasper County, Georgia
Okaloosa County, Florida