Morgan County, Missouri
Morgan County Courthouse in Versailles
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 5, 1833|
|Named for||Daniel Morgan|
|• Total||614 sq mi (1,590 km2)|
|• Land||598 sq mi (1,550 km2)|
|• Water||16 sq mi (40 km2) 2.7%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||33/sq mi (13/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Morgan County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,565. Its county seat is Versailles. The county was organized January 5, 1833 and named for General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolutionary War.
Morgan County was organized in 1833 upon separation from Cooper County. It is named in honor of Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. Versailles, with a name referring to the French royal estate near Paris, France, was designated as the county seat and platted in 1854.
Established in 1853 there, the Martin Hotel was visited in the post-Civil War period by both showman and circus entrepreneur P. T. Barnum and outlaw robber Jesse James. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1978, it now operates as a museum. In 1858 the Mulhollen Station was a mail stop here for the newly established Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach line, which carried goods and mail for several years to San Francisco, California.
The Morgan County Courthouse in Versailles, which has also been listed on the NRHP, was designed with French-style details, such as a mansard roof, in keeping with the origin of the town's name. It burned in 1887. The majority of the records were rescued, and the courthouse was soon rebuilt and restored.
Coal mining was historically an important economic activity in Morgan County.
- Cooper County (north)
- Moniteau County (northeast)
- Miller County (southeast)
- Camden County (south)
- Benton County (west)
- Pettis County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2007, there were 20,820 people, over 7,850 households, and over 5,549 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km2). There were 13,898 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Approximately 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,850 households, out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,659, and the median income for a family was $35,908. Males had a median income of $26,579 versus $19,072 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,950. About 12.10% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.
- Morgan County R-I School District – Stover
- Morgan County R-I Elementary School (PK-04)
- Morgan County R-I Middle School (05-08)
- Morgan County R-I High School (09-12)
- Morgan County R-II School District – Versailles
- Morgan County R-II Elementary School (PK-05)
- Morgan County R-II South Elementary School (PK-02)
- Morgan County R-II Middle School (06-08)
- Morgan County R-II High School (09-12)
- Dogwood Grove School – Versailles (02-09) – Mennonite
- St. Paul Lutheran School – Stover (K-09) – Lutheran
- Morgan County Library
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The Republican Party controls politics at the local level in Morgan County. Republicans hold all but five of the elected positions in the county.
|Morgan County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Circuit Clerk||Lori Moon||Republican|
|County Clerk||Cathy Daniels||Democratic|
|Wayne Kroeschen, Jr.||Republican|
|Coroner||Maynard B. Jones||Democratic|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Dustin Dunklee||Democratic|
|Public Administrator||Amanda Huffman||Republican|
|Treasurer||Kimberly Gunn Ingersoll||Republican|
|2016||66.35% 5,820||30.66% 2,689||2.99% 262|
|2012||51.59% 4,575||44.91% 3,983||3.50% 310|
|2008||47.58% 4,333||50.18% 4,570||2.24% 204|
|2004||60.18% 5,273||38.54% 3,377||1.27% 112|
|2000||53.57% 4,207||43.60% 3,424||2.83% 223|
|1996||45.08% 3,220||51.99% 3,714||2.93% 209|
|Democratic||Mollie Kristen Freebairn||1,051||19.96%|
|Libertarian||Herschel L. Young||248||4.72%||+1.99|
Cities and towns
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- Breeding, Marshall. "Morgan County Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
- "County Results - State of Missouri - 2016 General Election - November 8, 2016 - Official Results". Missouri Secretary of State. December 12, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
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- History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and the private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc. etc. (1889) online
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Morgan County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
- Morgan County Sheriff's Office