The Missouri Ozarks region is home to the "Bald Knobbers", a vigilante group that formed in the 1880s to enforce the law in the area. They were named after the bald hilltops where they held their meetings and were known for wearing black hoods and using violence to maintain order.
Miller County is located in the central part of the state of Missouri in the United States. It was officially established on February 26, 1837, and was named after John Miller, a former governor of Missouri. Before its formal establishment, the area was home to various Native American tribes, including the Osage and Delaware tribes.

In the early years of its settlement, Miller County relied heavily on agriculture for its economic development. Farmers grew crops such as corn, wheat, and tobacco, and raised livestock. The county became known for its fertile soil and ideal farming conditions. Later, the construction of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century further contributed to the county's growth and facilitated transportation of goods.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the region experienced an increase in population due to the mining industry. Lead and zinc were discovered in the area, leading to the establishment of several small mining communities. This created job opportunities and attracted people from various parts of the country.

In the present day, Miller County has a diverse economy, with agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism being the major industries. The county is known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Lake of Ozarks, which offers recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and camping. Additionally, the county has several historical landmarks and attractions that showcase its rich history, including the Miller County Museum and the Saline Creek Pioneer Village.

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

  • 1833: Miller County was established on February 26.
  • 1841: The first courthouse was built in the county seat, Tuscumbia.
  • 1841: Tuscumbia was incorporated as a town.
  • 1850: The population of Miller County was 7,709.
  • 1861: The American Civil War began, and Miller County experienced skirmishes and military occupation.
  • 1874: The current courthouse in Tuscumbia was constructed.
  • 1893: The St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad was extended into Miller County, boosting economic development.
  • 1925: The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed, creating the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • 1930s-1940s: Miller County benefited from the tourism industry around the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • 1980s-present: Miller County continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination and a hub for outdoor recreational activities.