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History
The county was organized in 1821 and named for U.S. Representative John Scott, the first federal representative from Missouri.  
Benton, the county seat, was laid out in 1822 and named after Thomas Hart Benton, one of Missouri's first U.S. Senators.

One of the earliest settlements was Commerce, Missouri, an early French fur trading post.  It was long known as Tywapitty.  Under Spanish rule before 1800, Rezin Bowie (the brother of Kentucky frontiersman Jim Bowie) was syndic of Tywappity Settlement.  This was established as a river landing by 1803, and residents formed the first Baptist Church in Missouri here in 1805.
The city was platted in 1823 and served as the Scott county seat from 1864–1878.

New Hamburg, the third town founded in the county, was settled by a wave of German immigrants in the late 1840s, who came to this country after the German revolutions of 1848. The first log church was St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  Sikeston, the largest city in the county and the fourth settlement to be founded, was settled in 1800 and was laid out in 1860 by John Sikes on the Cairo & Fulton Railroad.
[Source: wikipedia]


An Act of Legislature approved on December 28, 1821 dividing New Madrid County into what is now Scott County. By the same act Enoch Evans, Abraham Hunter, Thomas Roberts, Joseph Smith and Newman Beckwith were appointed to locate the seat of justice for Scott County. The county court was organized at the house of Thomas Houts in February or March 1822. Judges were Andrew Ramsey, Richard Mathew and Thomas Houts. The first courthouse was a small log building erected on the public square at Benton soon after the town was laid out. About 1844 the log courthouse was torn down and a brick building erected. This was replaced by a frame building. By an act of the Legislature, passed January 26, 1864, the county seat was removed to Commerce. In 1878, by a vote of the people, the seat of justice was returned to Benton, and in 1883 the present courthouse was built at a cost of $11,000. [Source: Goodspeed's "History of Southeast Missouri", 1888]


 CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES
Benton * Blodgett * Chaffee * Commerce * Crowder * Diehlstadt * Haywood City * Kelso * Miner *
Morley * New Hamburg * Oran * Perkins * Scott City * Sikeston * Vanduser

TOWNSHIPS
Commerce * Kelso * Moreland * Morley * Richland * Sandywoods * Sylvania * Tywappity


 

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Website Updates
November 2016
Obituaries: Mrs. Uler Ivy Vines, William Thomas Vines and Mayme Ellen Wilburn, all submitted by Anna Shelton


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 Cape Girardeau County (northwest)
Alexander County, Illinois (northeast)
Mississippi County (southeast)
New Madrid County (south)
Stoddard County (southwest)

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