National Register Listing in
Clinton County, Missouri

The Gateway Arch, located in St. Louis, is the tallest arch in the world, standing 630 feet tall. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States and opened to the public in 1967.
Clinton County, Missouri, located in the northwestern part of the state, has a rich and diverse history that dates back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ioway, Sac, and Fox Nations. In the early 1800s, European settlers began to arrive, drawn by the fertile land and abundant natural resources.

The county was officially established on January 2, 1833, and was named after DeWitt Clinton, the seventh Governor of New York. During this time, Clinton County experienced a surge in population and development as towns and communities sprouted up throughout the region. Agriculture became the primary industry, with settlers cultivating crops such as corn, wheat, and livestock.

Throughout the mid-19th century, Clinton County played a significant role in the development of Missouri. It was an important transportation hub, serving as a stop along the Pony Express, the Overland Stagecoach Route, and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. The county's central location made it a convergence point for trade and commerce, contributing to its economic growth.

During the Civil War, Clinton County saw its fair share of conflict as it lay on the border between a slave state and a free state. The county experienced skirmishes and raids from both Union and Confederate forces, leaving a lasting impact on the local communities. After the war, Clinton County continued to thrive, with new industries emerging, such as coal mining and manufacturing.

Today, Clinton County remains an agricultural region with small towns and a strong sense of community. Its historical significance and natural beauty continue to attract visitors and residents alike, making it a vibrant part of Missouri's heritage.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Clinton County, Missouri.

  • 1833 - Clinton County is established and named after DeWitt Clinton, the governor of New York
  • 1837 - Plattsburg is designated as the county seat
  • 1844 - The first courthouse is built in Plattsburg
  • 1861-1865 - Clinton County residents fight in the American Civil War
  • 1871 - The Chicago Great Western Railway reaches Plattsburg, boosting the local economy
  • 1926 - US Route 69 is established, passing through Clinton County
  • 1962 - Smithville Lake is created, providing recreational opportunities for residents
  • 1995 - Ford Motor Company opens a production plant in Claycomo