Missouri was admitted to the Union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821, becoming the first state entirely west of the Mississippi River.
Shannon County, Missouri, located in the Ozark region, has a rich and varied history. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage, who used the land for hunting and gathering. The arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century brought significant changes to the region.

In 1818, Shannon County was officially established and named after George Shannon, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The county quickly became popular among pioneers and settlers due to its fertile land, vast forests, and abundant wildlife. As a result, small towns and communities began to develop, with the timber industry playing a prominent role.

During the American Civil War, Shannon County experienced turbulent times, with residents divided in their loyalties to the Union and Confederate causes. The region became a battleground for skirmishes and guerrilla warfare, leading to widespread devastation. Following the war, Shannon County slowly rebuilt its economy and communities.

In the 20th century, the establishment of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 1964 brought a new era of tourism to Shannon County. The Current and Jacks Fork rivers became popular for canoeing, camping, and fishing, attracting visitors from across the country. Today, Shannon County remains a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with its beautiful landscapes and recreational opportunities attracting tourists and locals alike.

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

  • 1813: Shannon County, MO is established as a county in the Missouri Territory.
  • 1833: The town of Eminence is founded, becoming one of the oldest settlements in Shannon County.
  • 1851: The first post office is established in Eminence.
  • 1855: Shannon County sees a population boom due to the opening of lead mines.
  • 1861: Shannon County residents are divided in their loyalties during the American Civil War.
  • 1870: The Missouri Pacific Railroad reaches Shannon County, bringing increased economic growth.
  • 1895: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is established, including parts of Shannon County.
  • 1926: US Route 60, known as the Ozark Trail, is established, passing through Shannon County.
  • 1960: The creation of the Current River State Park attracts tourists to Shannon County.
  • 2000: Flooding affects Shannon County, causing significant damage to homes and infrastructure.