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About Our Society

The Iron County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was established in 1974 to preserve and share the rich history of Iron County, Missouri. Our museum and archives focuses on this history. Besides maintaining our museum and archives, we hold four meetings each year on the third Sunday of January, April, July, and October. We also publish a quarterly newsletter which is mailed out prior to each meeting.

Iron County is located in southeast Missouri approximately 80 miles from St. Louis and is named after the once abundant mineral resource that was mined throughout the county. The county was formed in 1857 and the railroad reached Pilot Knob in 1858. Union forces were stationed here during the Civil War and the Battle of Pilot Knob took place here on 26 - 27 September 1864.

Whether you currently live in Iron County, are a descendant from past generations, or just interested in history, we invite you to become a member of the Iron County Historical Society. We hope you will tour our museum and archives, as well as share your own photos, stories, and information about Iron County's past. For information about joining the Iron County Historical Society, click on the "Membership" link to your left.


Museum and Visitor Center Operating Hours

  • April - November:
    • Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • December - March:
    • Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.