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Established: January 5, 1833
The settlement of this area began in the 1820s. The county was organized on January 5, 1833. Morgan County's first courthouse in Versailles was a log building that was purchased and reconstructed on the square in 1836. It remained in use until 1843, when it was removed for the construction of a more permanent building. Construction was completed in 1844. It was a rectangular, two-story, brick building. The voters agreed to the building of a new courthouse in 1884. While under construction, the old courthouse was destroyed by fire.
The norther half of the county is prairie land while the southern half is wooded hills and bottomlands. The county consists of 594 square miles and has an approximate population of 20,000. The economy of Morgan County was altered by the construction of the Bagnell Dam (1929-1931) and the formation of the Lake of the Ozarks along its southern border.
Mill Creek Township (originally called Willow Creek Township)
Haw Creek Township
Morgan County Courthouse
Morgan County Library
Morgan County Historical Society