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Established: Feb. 10, 1851
Crawford and Shannon County Seat: Denton
Named After: Lewis Dent,
The largest city and county seat is Salem. The county was
officially organized on February 10, 1851 by Dustin Counts & Nicholas
Berardy, and is named af ter state representative Lewis Dent, a pioneer
settler who arrived in Missouri from Virginia in 1835.
Schoolcraft was one of the earliest visitors to Dent County, which was
then unmapped and unknown. In 1818, Schoolcraft and Levi Pettibone left
Potosi, Missouri on an adventure that often left them hungry, lost, lonely
and in danger. They started headed west from Potosi on a trail that is now
followed by Highway 8, then turned south through southern Dent and Shannon
counties, where Schoolcraft found the Current River.
|Obituaries and Death Notices|
-George Counts; John Wilson; Ben Shook; Claiborne Skaggs; Thomas
News-Accidents and Tragedies: Dan Cliffords boys; turkey
News-Fires-Train Wrecks & Calamities: Dent
County Courthouse burns
News-Miscellaneous: Immigrants; The
trials and tribulations of Jack Blank
1860 Mortality Schedules
Elizabeth Ashbrook, transcribed by GT Transcription