Sullivan County, Missouri
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N 40° 10.045 W 093° 08.494
15T E 487945 N 4446348
Who, where, when and why as the county filled with settlers...
Waymark Code: WM11V60
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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County of Marker: Sullivan County
Location of Marker: Evans Dr., Rolling Rd. & MO-5/6, 2 miles S. of Milan
Marker Erected by: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission
Date Marker Erected: 1961

Marker Text:

First called Highland, Sullivan County was formed, 1843. Fully organized in 1845, it was named for Revolutionary War Gen. John Sullivan.1 Comprising 654 sq. miles of high glacial prairie land, the county lies in territory ceded 1824, by Iowa, Sac, and Fox tribes. Massive boulders left by the glacier, and many Indian mounds remain in the area. First settlers were Dr. Jacob Holland and his son, R.W. Holland, in 1836.

Milan, the county seat, where an Indian mound was leveled to form the public square, was laid out 1845, on land given by A. C. Hill and bought from Hiram Phillips. Last U.S. Land Office established in Mo., was located there, 1849-59. During the Civil War, a Union post was maintained at Milan and guerrilla bands raided the county.

Railroad development in 1870's brought modern growth to the county, Milan grew as shipping center and railroad division point when the C., B., 7 K.C. (now C.B.&Q.) was built in the county north and south, 1876, and the Q., Mo., & Pac. (C.B.&Q.), east and west, 1878-1881. The C.,M., & St.P., was built in west part of the county in 1886.

Rich grain fields and productive dairy, livestock, and poultry farms characterize Sullivan County. The main watercourses are Medicine, Locust, East Locust, Yellow, and Spring creeks. Early pioneers were from Va., Ky., Tenn., Ohio, and Ill.

Among county towns are Greencastle, laid out, 1857; Newtown, 12858; Pollock, 1873; Boynton and Cora, 1877; Winigan and Green City, 1880; Humphreys and Reger, 1881; and Osgood, 1886; and Harris, 1887. Among early schools were Green City College, opened in 1885, and Humphreys College and Business Institute in 1884. In the 1880's, Reger was an important railroad tie shipping point.

Near Osgood and west of Milan, is the Widely-known Camp Ground and Pioneer Cemetery. There in the 1850's, at the site of an early wagon trail camp ground, the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church organized Camp Meeting Grounds. Congregations from all over the country held meetings there until the Civil War when all installations were burned. Today's interdenominational church building there was built in 1901.

Correction since 1961:
1. The correct first name for Sullivan is James.

Who placed it?: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commissio

When was it placed?: 1961

Who is honored?: the many who came here and built a life...

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