Carter County, Missouri

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Van Buren, settled as the seat of Ripley
County, organized 1833, because the seat of
Carter County when it was organized from
parts of Ripley and Shannon counties, 1859.

Nearby Big Spring State Park, 4582 acres
of Ozark grandeur, founded, 1924, features
the natural beauty of the largest single-
orifice, fresh water spring in the U. S.

Big Spring has a maximum flow of 840
million gallons every 24 hours and a daily
average of 250 million gallons. The spring
discharges about 175 tons of limestone in
solution daily. 433 feet above sea level,
at the base of a 500-foot cliff, the spring
gushes through an impeded opening from
an underground streambed and flows 1,000
feet to Current River, famed spring-formed,
spring-fed Ozark fishing stream. Of the
69 springs in the U. S. having a daily flow
of 64,600,000 gallons or more. 11 are in
the Missouri Ozarks.

During the Civil War the Union Army
of Southeast Missouri wintered in the area,
1862-63. The Snider House, west of town,
is the site of one of several skirmishes.

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Carter County, whose main industries are
lumbering and recreation, is almost evenly
divided by Current River, Called La Riviere
Courante by early French trappers, it has
long been a highway and food source for
the area. Early Indians found it attractive,
for 36 villages and camps have been found
in the area. Thousands of logs came down
the river to nearby Chicopee in the 1890's
and early 1900's, during the lumbering boom.

The town of Grandin, to the south, one-
time lumbering center of Missouri, was laid
out in 1888 by the Missouri Lumber and
Mining Co. Over 100,000 acres of Carter
County's virgin forest land were bought and
15 to 20 thousand acres were harvested a
year. From the mid-1890's to 1909 when the
forest was depleted and the mills closed,
production at Grandin's mills exceeded 60
million board feet of lumber a year. With
the sawmills closed, Grandin and other mill
towns in the area became like ghost towns.

The natural forest resource of the area
is being restored through local, state, and
national effort. Much of Carter County lies
in Clark National Forest, founded 1933-37.

Erected by State Historical Society of Missouri
and State Highway Commission, 1955

Carter County Veterans Memorial

Hi, I am Kim Hendrix and would like to welcome to the Carter County, Missouri Cemeteries Project. If you would like to contribute headstone photos, obituaries or would like to transcribe and take pictures of the headstones in any cemetery in Carter County, please email me.

If you know of a cemetery in Carter County, please email me.


Brame Cemetery

May 8, 2007
  Partial Survey
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Eastwood Cemetery   Partial Survey
Soon On Line This Site
Gresham Cemetery   Partial Survey
Soon On Line This Site
Hampton Hilltop Cemetery

April 24, 2012
  A Works In Progress
On Line This Site
Photographed, Transcribed,
Submitted & © by Butch, Kim & Trey Hendrix
Walton Chapel Cemetery

Jan. 15, 2009
Ellsinore Partial Survey
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