Ripley County, Missouri

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Ripley County is a county located in the Ozarks of Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 13,509. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 13,485. The largest city and county seat is Doniphan[1]. The county was officially organized on January 5, 1833, and is named after Brigadier General Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, a soldier who fought in the War of 1812. The original area encompassed what would later become Oregon, Howell, Shannon and Carter counties. The historic Natchitoches Trail passes through Ripley County. It was a Native American trail and early route to the Southwest, used by pioneers like Stephen Austin. Although a no-man's land during the American Civil War, Ripley county was pro-South and provided four colonels for the Confederate cause. Today's tourist areas include Current River and the Mark Twain National Forest.

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