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Ralls County, Missouri (Images of America Series)

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In 1820, Ralls County was the cradle of northeast Missouri civilization. Ralls was a "Benton Baby," born from a political deal brokered by the powerful Thomas Hart Benton and named for an ordinary New London farmer and state representative. In fact, no other US county is named Ralls. One citizen became a Texan patriot serving defenders at the Alamo, while a slave from the county was ordained as America's first African American Catholic priest. Ralls is blessed with springs, salt licks, farmlands, wildlife, ...

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Overview

In 1820, Ralls County was the cradle of northeast Missouri civilization. Ralls was a "Benton Baby," born from a political deal brokered by the powerful Thomas Hart Benton and named for an ordinary New London farmer and state representative. In fact, no other US county is named Ralls. One citizen became a Texan patriot serving defenders at the Alamo, while a slave from the county was ordained as America's first African American Catholic priest. Ralls is blessed with springs, salt licks, farmlands, wildlife, abundant hardwood timber, coal, sand, gravel deposits, and limestone, and most importantly the Salt River passes through it. Development progressed slowly, but Ralls became a major north-south thoroughfare and had the first direct rail route from Hannibal to St. Louis. The Atlas Cement plant produced millions of barrels of cement that were used in the construction of the Panama Canal and the Empire State Building. Today, the Clarence Cannon Dam prevents flooding while providing recreational opportunities rivaling more prominent Missouri lakes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738594026
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,412,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The timeless photographs within are drawn from the Ralls County Historical Society in Perry, the author's personal collection, local history collectors, and everyday Ralls Countians. K. Allen Ballard is a former quality assurance engineer, current business owner, New London city alderman, and student of history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Small Footprint and Big Impact 9

2 Hither and Yon 21

3 Citizens, Characters, and Founders 39

4 Readin', Writin', and Savin' Souls 55

5 Rules, Regulations, and Civilization 71

6 Wildlife, Caves, and Resources 81

7 Fires, Floods, and Accidents 91

8 Celebrations and Remembrance 101

9 Farmers, Merchants, and Occupations 109

10 Here and Now 119

Ralls County Historical Society 127

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