Morgan County Missouri
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Established: January 5, 1833
County Seat: Versailles
Named After: Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War general
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
Townships and Communities
(originally called Willow
Syracuse * Akinsville
Versailles (part) *
Stover * Glenstead * Pyrmont
* Barnett * Excelsior * Marvin
Proctor * Boylers Mills
Gravois Mills * Laurie * Rocky Mount