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This resource offers research, archived articles, and newspaper stories about Daviess County, Missouri. You can easily ask questions, add comments or submit photos for online display …submissions are reviewed and verified before being shown online. You are encouraged to add comments, corrections or insights about what you are about to read inside. Simply submit your comment at the end of each story or picture.

Use the text search to zip through decades of Daviess County’s past to get exactly what you seek. Or explore related articles by viewing each category. This site features historical articles first published by The Gallatin North Missourian and The Gallatin Democrat as well as information from atlases, history books, and other publications that define Daviess County, Missouri, and the people living here.

This website is provided and updated by Gallatin Publishing Company as a public service. Many articles are written by local historians David Stark and Wilbur Bush, and newspaper publisher Darryl Wilkinson. An extensive collection of news items about Daviess County boys serving during World War II is included, courtesy of scrapbooks shared by Lucille Bruce of Gallatin, MO.

This archive continues to grow, so check back periodically to see what has been newly added. We hope you find this website as a great source for all things Daviess County…

  • Pioneer trails & tales, including Mormon history
  • Grist mills, early settlements & developments
  • Civil War enlistments & incidents
  • Frank & Jesse James — facts, legend & lore
  • “Gone But Not Forgotten” …buildings lost and ghost towns
  • The Great Depression
  • Veterans of World Wars
  • People You Should Know
  • Amish Ways in Daviess County
  • Crime stories
  • Cemetery Lists from throughout Daviess County (through 1997)
  • Daviess County since 1985

You also are invited to visit the 1889 Squirrel Cage Jail, located 2 blocks west of the Daviess County Courthouse in Gallatin, MO. This historic relic is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a visitors’ center — open daily during the summer season or groups by appointment. The visitors’ center is a work in progress by members of the Daviess County Historical Society. Contact Dan Lockridge, Darryl Wilkinson, or Wayne Clevenger for more details.