Lincoln County, Missouri

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Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is part of the St. Louis Metro Area. As of 2007, the population was 51,528. Its county seat is Troy[1]. According to Goodspeed's History of Lincoln County, Missouri (1888), it was named by Major Christopher Clark, the first permanent white settler, when he addressed the Territorial Legislature saying, "I was born, sir, in Link-Horn County, N. C, I lived for many years in Link-Horn County in old Kain-tuck. I wish to die in Link-Horn County, in Missouri; and I Move, therefore, that the blank in the bill be filled with the name Link-Horn." The motion was carried unanimously and the clerk, not adopting the frontier parlance of the Major, wrote "Lincoln" in the blank space of the bill. Others say it was named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

The Texas oil industrialist and former Oklahoma state legislator Oliver Winfield Killam was born in Lincoln County in 1874.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,659 km²), of which, 630 square miles (1,633 km²) of it is land and 10 square miles (26 km²) of it (1.55%) is water.

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