The state of Missouri was actually named after a tribe of Sioux Indians called the Missouris, whose name means "town of the large canoes".
Lawrence County, located in southwestern Missouri, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to the early 1800s. The area was originally inhabited by Osage and Delaware Native American tribes before European settlers arrived. In 1832, Lawrence County was established and named after James Lawrence, a naval officer in the War of 1812.

One significant event in the county's history was the establishment of the town of Mount Vernon in 1845, which later became the county seat. The town grew rapidly due to its location on the Osage River, which facilitated trade and transportation. Mount Vernon was also a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route, contributing to its economic development.

During the Civil War, Lawrence County was deeply divided. Union and Confederate sympathizers clashed in several skirmishes, including the Battle of Mount Vernon in 1863. The war had a significant impact on the county, with many homes and businesses destroyed. Following the war, the county slowly rebuilt and experienced a period of growth and prosperity.

In subsequent years, Lawrence County remained primarily agrarian, with farming and livestock production being the main sources of income. The county's economy diversified in the 20th century, with the growth of industries such as mining, manufacturing, and transportation. Today, Lawrence County continues to be a thriving community, known for its scenic beauty, strong agricultural heritage, and friendly residents.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Lawrence County, Missouri.

  • 1815 - Lawrence County is established as a county in Missouri.
  • 1827 - A census records 702 people living in Lawrence County.
  • 1835 - Mount Vernon is chosen as the county seat.
  • 1845 - Lawrence County experiences significant growth due to the California Gold Rush.
  • 1861 - The American Civil War begins, and Lawrence County becomes divided between Union and Confederate sympathizers.
  • 1865 - The Civil War ends, and Lawrence County begins rebuilding.
  • 1875 - The St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad extends its line through Lawrence County, promoting economic development.
  • 1895 - Lawrence County's population reaches its peak at around 27,000 residents.
  • 1957 - The Spring River is dammed to create the Stockton Lake, providing recreational opportunities for Lawrence County residents.
  • 1970 - A tornado strikes Mount Vernon, causing significant damage to the town.
  • 1982 - The Lawrence County Library opens, serving as a valuable resource for residents.
  • 2009 - A major ice storm causes extensive power outages and damage to infrastructure in Lawrence County.