Place names in the central counties of Missouri
This study is an attempt to determine, while the sources are yet available, the origin of the. names of the towns, streams, country schools, and townships of the following central counties of Missouri: Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Saline; to record the circumstances under which the names were given; and to note the subsequent history of the names. These counties belong to the group that Dr. Raymond Weeks describes as those counties that “lie strung along the Missouri River like a string of sausages.” Although these counties are not the same topogTaphically they were settled, for the most part, by the same kind of people and are therefore a homogeneous group. The counties of Howard, Cooper, Boone, and the southern half of Callaway comprise the original "Boone's Lick" country. However, the tendency, in the early days, was to think of the “Boone's Lick” country as containing the territory lying between the district of St. Charles, perhaps west of the Gasconade River, and Independence. The term was used in a very broad sense. In the present study the term "Boone's Lick” will include only the seven counties mentioned. --Page1.
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