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County was organized January 22, 1829 with four
original townships of Sugar Creek, Silver Creek,
Prairie and Salt Spring. The county was named after
John Randolph, statesman from Virginia. Later
townships of Moniteau, Jackson, Chariton, Cairo,
Clifton and Union were organized, Prairie being the
The County Seat is Huntsville.
Moberly, called "Magic City" since it seemed to
spring up out of the prairie overnight, is the
largest city in Randolph county with a population of
11,945 in 2000. The county has rich farm land, coal
deposits and is diverse in farming operations and
livestock. Randolph County, in particular Moberly
grew quickly from 1866 to 1873 due to the Wabash,
Chariton and Randolph railroad connecting with the
North Missouri Railroad Company at Moberly.
Randolph County was part of Howard County from 1816
until 1820. Chariton County was formed and Randolph
became part of that county until it became an
independent county in 1829.