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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
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)