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OTHER BLUE MOUNDS OF Missouri

Most of us from Livingston County, Missouri know of one Blue Mound. There are, however, 14 of them listed for Missouri on the U. S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System website: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form 

Of the 14 listed, only four are actually mounds; the other 10 are townships, schools, churches, one cemetery, one post office and one hamlet. The Blue Mounds of Missouri are distributed in seven different counties; Barton, Dallas, Howell, Polk, St. Clair, Livingston, and Polk.

Use the above text links or click on the county in blue on the map below for more information.

The various Blue Mounds of Missouri are listed below by the county in which they occur.

Livingston County

There are five features in Livingston County that have the name Blue Mound. They are:

Blue Mound - A hamlet 12 miles south of Chillicothe in at the junction of Route Z and LIV 430. For more information, view the Blue Mound website at http://www.bluemoundhistory.com/

Blue Mound Cemetery - This cemetery is located in Section 26, Township 56, Range 24 of Blue Mound Township. From Chillicothe, Missouri go 4 ½ miles South on Highway 65, then 5 miles South on Route Z, then ½ mile West on gravel road. It is in excellent condition, fenced and maintained.. This cemetery was originally called the Burner Cemetery. For a CD containing photos of all the tombstones contact Fred Woods at: http://www.cemphoto.com

Blue Mound School - This school (District # 97) is located at the southeast corner of the junction of State Highway Z and LIV 430 one mile north of the Carroll County line and 12 miles south of Chillicothe. The 1896 Livingston County Atlas shows this school at its current location. After the school closed in the spring of 1957, it was purchased by Mr. Clarence Christmas (1883 - 1958) and converted into a home. Mr. Christmas was struck by an automobile and killed about a year later while he was crossing the road after leaving church. The Reverend and Mrs. James W. Porter (1916 -1997) purchased the building from Mr. Christmas’s daughter (Mrs. Zullig). They converted the building by making the anteroom into a bathroom and changed the entrance to the south side. After Reverend Porter passed away, his wife Estella A. Porter (1917 - 2000) sold the property in 1998/99 to the Green’s (early owners of the Blue Mound rock quarry). The original hardwood floors, ceiling lights and pump remain.

Presently, the building and land is owned by Hunt Midwest Mining, a Division of Hunt Enterprises (which includes the Kansas City Chiefs), and is used as a lab for rock inspection and storage.

Blue Mound Township - Blue Mound Township in Livingston County was first organized in August 1843. Initially, it was larger than at present, but when Fairview Township was created and with some changes in other township boundaries, it was reduced to its present size. It took its name from the great elevated plateau or mound, which, at a distance outlined against the horizon, resembles a mammoth pile of cerulean. Currently, Blue Mound Township comprises all of Township 56, Range 24 and that portion of Township 57, Range 24, lying south of Shoal Creek, and a tract of about 600 acres lying in the angle between Clear Creek and Shoal Creek.

Blue Mound Post Office - An early post office in Livingston County. Postal service began in the Blue Mound area in 1843 and was discontinued on March 31, 1908 with all subsequent mail coming from and going to Dawn. For more information the postmasters, click here.

Polk County

There is only one feature in Polk County with the name Blue Mound. It is:

Blue Mound Summit - A hill (elevation 1,328 feet). In an email dated November 17, 2003, I obtained the following information from the Polk County Historical Society, “I found out very little about the blue mound located in the southeast part of Polk County. It is south of Highway 32 just south of Halfway, Missouri. It is just a hill or mound which for some reason was named Blue Mound. Some mounds around the area are made up of limestone or pot metal, a fine, compact evenly textured limestone, varying in color from light drab to buff and blue. It is listed on the map”.

Barton County

There is only one feature in Barton County that has the name Blue Mound. It is:

Blue Mound Summit - A hill (elevation 963 feet) in Leroy Township. In letters dated September 26 and October 27, 2003, Bob Douglas of the Baron County Historical Society relayed the following information: “I checked the 1886 and 1903 Plat Books and found no one by the name of Blue listed as owning any of the land around where Blue Mound is located. Also did not find any Coal Company by the name of Blue. I found Blue Mound on the USGS Garland Quadrangle Map. Mrs. Florence M. Baker wrote an article about Leroy Township in 1988 and stated that at one time Blue Mound was topped with a hotel until it burned. I have also heard that there was a house built atop Blue Mound, but that too burned. I don’t know the dates of either of these events”.

Vernon County

There are four features in Vernon County that have the name Blue Mound. They are:

Blue Mound Summit - A hill or hills (elevation is 1,040+ feet). The “Mounds” are in the Southeast Corner of Section 3, Township 37, Range 30. According to Patrick Brophy, Curator of the Bushwhacker Museum and Vernon County Historical Society: “Blue Mound or the Blue Mounds (the height has a higher and a lower point) were so named because all such hills appear blue at a distance, in this area. The Township took its name from the mounds. The famous Osage Chief, Pawhuska, was buried on a high point of Blue Mound, but his burial cairn was rifled and destroyed in 1850”.

According to the author of the “Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri” on Page 31, “Blue Mound is an exceptionally impressive mound standing 200 feet above the surrounding prairie and extending 2 miles long in its highest part. It was used as a burial ground by the Osage Indians, including Chief White Hair, and is still attractive despite the white man’s building activities.”

Blue Mound School - This school (District # 122) was Blue Mound Township in Vernon County. It was built in 1883 for $300 on one acre off of the Northeast Corner of Section 16, Township 37, Range 30. It was destroyed by a storm in 1887, rebuilt and used until 1937 when the District went to Walker R-4. The building is still there as of this date. Source of info is “Readin’ ‘Ritin’, ‘n’ ‘Rithmetic: The Story of Vernon County’s Country Schools” compiled by Neoma Alexander Foreman and published by the Vernon County Historical Society (Bushwhacker Museum) 231 North Main Street, Nevada, Missouri 64772.

Blue Mound Township - Blue Mound Township in Vernon County took its name from the mounds. The “Mounds” are in the Southeast Corner of Section 3, Township 37, Range 30. According to Patrick Brophy, Curator of the Bushwhacker Museum and Vernon County Historical Society, “Blue Mound or “the Blue Mounds” (the height has a higher and a lower point) were so named because all such hills appear blue at a distance, in this area.

Blue Mound Baptist Church - I have no information about this church at this time. If you further information, please contact us.

St. Clair County

There is only one feature in St. Clair County named Blue Mound. It is:

Blue Mound School - This school (District # 41) was located in Taber Township in Section 11, Township 38, Range 28 West at the intersection of Highway B and County Road NW1025, ½ mile north, ½ mile east (with no road going to it). The school was purchased and later burned. All that is left is the cement steps. Source of info is “The History of St. Clair County Missouri Rural Schools Volume 3", published in 2000, pages 34-36, compiled by the St. Clair County Historical Society, Osceola, Missouri. This information was supplied by: Susan Rotert, St. Clair County Historical Society, P.O. Box 376, Osceola, MO 64776.

Howell County

There is only one feature in Howell County that is named Blue Mound. It is:

Blue Mound School - Listed as historical (not too sure what that means), no further information collected on this school to date. Source of information: South Central Missouri Genealogical Society (Howell County)West Plains Public Library, West Plains, MO 65775.

Dallas County

There is only one feature in Dallas County named Blue Mound. It is:

Blue Mounds Summit - Refers to some hills (elevation of both mounds is 1,320+ feet) in Dallas County. Leni Howe, Corresponding Secretary of the Dallas County Historical Society (P.O. Box 594, Buffalo, MO 65622-0594) offered the following information in a letter dated September 23, 2003: “In reply to your request for information about the Blue Mounds located in Dallas County - they are nine miles southwest of Buffalo, not too far from the Polk-Dallas county lines. There are two mounds in that vicinity, one called Blue Mound is the farthest east. It is a grassy mound that looks blue from a distance. The other mound is called Brushy Mound because it is covered with trees and brush. We have no other details in our material.”

 


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