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HISTORY OF SCOTT COUNTY, MISSOURI

Source: Excerpts from Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, BNL Library Service, P. O. Box 1506, 
Harry S Truman Station, Independence, Missouri 64055, c1888.

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.


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1850 Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States


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