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Welcome to the Official Web Site of the Daviess County Historical Society

This archive web site offers you over 0 printable images in our Photo Album and  archived articles -- all about Daviess County. You can easily ask questions, add comments or submit photos for online display... so, you'll want to visit often (submissions are reviewed and verified before being shown online).

Zip through decades of Daviess County's past to get exactly what you seek by word search! 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 web site is provided and maintained by Gallatin Publishing Company. Many articles are written by David Stark, Wilbur Bush, and 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.

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.

This archive continues to grow, so check back periodically to see what has been newly added. This is your best 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
  • Remember the Dialogue with Litton TV series?

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.

Dialogue with Litton
Do you remember the "Dialogue with Litton" TV shows (1973-76), hosted by
Congressman Jerry Litton? Now you can view selected highlights from the television shows,
thanks to the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Jesse James Driving Tour in NW Missouri 
Winston and Gallatin are included in a new brochure produced
by the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau for visitors interested
in the legend and times of outlaws Frank & Jesse James.
If you have Adobe Acrobat, print out the Jesse James Driving Brochure