The Oregon County Historical Society published a traditional History Book in the 1980’s and is now out of print. Requests continue to come for the book. So the book will be re-printed in digital and print form over the next months. The purpose of this Blog is to get interest in re-creating the book and purchasing the result. Post here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for interest and comments.
Noon Meeting Friday Dec. 14th at Country Cottage.
Oregon County is described in Wikipedia as:
Oregon County is a county located in South Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county’s population was 10,881. Its county seat is Alton. The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845, and was named for the Oregon Territory in the northwestern United States.
Home to a large area of the Mark Twain National Forest, Oregon County contains more national forest land than any other county in Missouri. It also contains the Irish Wilderness, the largest federally protected wilderness area in the state. Hiking and backpacking opportunities abound on the Ozark Trail and the White’s Creek Trail. Canoeing and fishing are popular on the Eleven Point River, which is Missouri’s only National Wild and Scenic River. Grand Gulf State Park is a Missouri state park just west of Thayer which includes a collapsed karst canyon.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 791.59 square miles (2,050.2 km2), of which 791.40 square miles (2,049.7 km2) (or 99.98%) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) (or 0.02%) is water.
In the History Book, Oregon County is described in the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri (1901) as:
The county in the southern part of the State, bounded on the north by Shannon and Carter, east by Carter and Riply, south by the state of Arkansas, and west by Howell County; area 491,000 acres. The surface is broken with hills interspersed with valleys, through which flow sparkling streams, affording fine drainage. The soil of the valley is highly productive, while in the hills rocks and gravel render much of the land unfit for cultivation. In the northern and eastern parts are large pine forests, while throughout the remainder of the county are dense growths of oak, hickory, ash, black walnut, elm, and other hard woods. The principal stream is Eleven Point River.
The chief affluents of the Eleven Point River are Spring, Hurricane, White, Piney, and Frederick Creeks and Middle and Barren Forks. Warm Fork in the southern part of the county runs into Spring River. There are many big springs throughout the county, some of sufficient force to supply excellent water power.
Numerous interesting caves have been discovered in different parts of the county. There is abundant building stone. Lead and iron ore have been found, and, at some few points, traces of copper.”