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BOLLINGER COUNTY HISTORY
Bollinger County lies between Cape Girardeau County on the east and Madison
and Wayne Counties on the west. It has an area of 381,000 acres. The surface is generally broken and in some
parts almost mountainous. The highest point is called Turkey Hill. In the north and east are Big and
Little White Water Rivers, and in the southwest the Castor River.
Through the center flows Crooked Creek and at Marble Hill it forms a junction
with Hurricane Creek.
Bollinger County was organized March 1, 1851. It is named in honor of Major
George F. Bollinger, one of its first settlers, a prominent member of the
Territorial Legislature. The county seat , Marble Hill, was so named from the alleged natural character
of the site. It was originally called Dallas.
The act for the organization of Bollinger County was approved on March 1,
1851. It was formed from portions of Wayne, Cape Girardeau, and Stoddard
Counties. The county court was organized at the storehouse of John C. Whybark on March 24,
1851, by Reuben Smith, John Stevens, and Drury Massey, justices. Oliver E. Snider qualified as clerk and William C. Grimsley, as sheriff. The
records of the courts were burned on March 2, 1866.
Soon after the organization of the county a brick courthouse about 30 feet
square and two stories high was erected. It was destroyed by fire and a similar building was completed the same year. In
March 1844 it was also destroyed by fire.
(Source: Excerpts from Goodspeed's History of Southeast
Missouri, c1888, by The Goodspeed Publishing Company. Contributed by Anna Newell)
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