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Miller County History


 


Miller County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,748. Its county seat is Tuscumbia. The county was organized February 6, 1837 and named for John Miller, former U.S. Representative and Governor of Missouri.

Tuscumbia, the county seat, was laid out 1837, and named for Tuscumbia (Chickasaw for Warrior Who Kills), Alabama.  The town site, given by J. B. and J. P. Harrison, had been an Indian trading camp. On scenic osage river bluffs, below Bagnell dam, the town was once a noted Osage Riverport and a number of steamboats were built there.

Miller County, through which flows the Osage River, is a resort, farm, and lumber area.  Frenchman Charles Du Tisne, on an exploring trip in 1719, crossed the county south of the Osage, and in 1806, Zebulon M. Pike's Southwest expedition camped along the river.  Bagnell Dam, forming Lake of the Ozarks, was built on the Osage in the county by Union Electric Company of Missouri, 1929-31.

Iberia, south of the Osage, laid out 1860. Other county towns include Ulman, settled in 1840's; Brumley and Saint Elizabeth, founded in 1870's; Olean and Eldon, resort town and railroad center, 1882; Etterville and Kaiser, early 1900's; Lake Ozark 1932.  

Early schools were Miller County Institute at Spring Garden, 1870; Miller County Academy at Aurora Springs, 1881; Eldon Academy, 1886.
 

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