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Howell County was formed in 1857 from Oregon County; the county seat is West Plains.

County: Howell
Organized: March 2, 1857
Named after: Howell Valley
First Settler: James Howell made first settlement in Howell Valley
County seat: West Plains

Howell County organized in 1857, but all records were destroyed in an 1866 fire. An 1876 account described a log cabin one mile east of West Plains where the first Circuit Court met. A small, wooden courthouse built on the square in West Plains in 1859 was damaged in the Civil War during 1862. In the fall of 1863, guerrillas burned West Plains, devastating the community;
not one person remained. The county was reorganized three years later.




My name is Lainee Denton and I am the county coordinator and your hostess for the Howell County, Missouri AHGP (American History and Genealogy Project). These pages are only as good as you would like them to be. If you have any items of interest that you would like to share that would benefit others then by all means send them on. All contributions gratefully accepted and all contributors will be recognized. I do *NOT* live in Howell County and do not have the resources myself to do lookups. I hope you enjoy your visit in these pages.





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