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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
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, c. 1888, by The Goodspeed
Publishing Company. Contributed by Anna Newell)