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This site is dedicated to those who have lived in Blue Mound, Livingston County, Missouri, those who live there now, those who may want to live there in the future, and those who are just interested in the place. Long live the history, the mystique and the many happy memories of such a wonderful place. We are indeed a privileged few.
Where is this Blue Mound?
It first appeared on a state map in 1864 and the population peaked at 60+ in the late 1800s. Since then there has been a steady decline. Now, most of the former village is occupied by a rock quarry. If it wasn’t for Johnny Hoyt’s book, a newspaper article or two about the Great Tornado of 1883 and a CD of the Cemetery, the only place in which this small hamlet really lives is in the minds of those who lived there and the ones who live there now.
Where did the name Blue Mound come from? Good question. The “best” answer to date is from the “History of Caldwell and Livingston Counties, Missouri”, compiled and published by the St. Louis National Historical Company in 1886. The following quote is from that book:
“Blue Mound Township was first organized and named that in August 1845, although settlers came into the area as early as 1835... It took its name from the great elevated plateau, or mound, which at a distance outlined against the horizon, resembled a giant pile of cerulean.”
County roads were opened in September 1837. However, roads had been established before that while the area was still a part of Carroll County. There were numerous private roads called trails or traces.
When I was growing up in Blue Mound in the mid 40s, I could stand in the middle of the road for hours at a time without fear of getting hit by anything except an occasional meadow lark that decide to change fence posts for a better view of what was going on which was not much of anything. And that is just the way I liked it.
As far as I know Blue Mound was never platted and was never incorporated. Although no legally defined boundaries exist for Blue Mound, for the purposes of this site, we considered it to be all or parts of Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, and 36 of Township 56 North, Range 24 West (Map 2) in Livingston County, Missouri. The majority of the activity, however, occurred at the intersection of Livingston County Route Z and LIV 430 (which now only goes east).
When looking around for information on Blue Mound, I found 14 geological features or places in Missouri named Blue Mound on the U. S. Geological Survey’s website. I have summarized all of the info that I could find about them for you. You view this info on our "Other Blue Mounds" web page.
The Blue Mound of Livingston County (our Blue Mound) whose crest is in the SE1/4 sec. 26, Township 56 North, Range 24 West is described in “Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri”, by Thomas R. Beveridge (Second edition revised by Jerry D. Vineyard) as a part of the Pennsylvanian mounds of west-central Missouri. They are composed of Pennsylvanian shales, limestones and sandstones.
The Township named Blue Mound was first organized and officially called Blue Mound Township in August 1843. More than likely the township was named after the “mounds” of the Blue Mound area. Initially, Blue Mound Township 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. 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.
Walter Schroeder in his publication, “Presettlement Prairie of Missouri”, indicated the following, “Blue Mound in southern Livingston County (T56N,R24W) clearly shows the effect of slope orientation on natural vegetation. Blue Mound rises nearly 200 feet above the rolling upland. According to the Land Office Survey (early 1800s), Blue Mound was timbered on the eastern slopes, barren on the western slopes, and a grassland prairie on south and southwest slopes”.
Why am I, Joe Dillard, doing this?
I started collecting information on the history of Blue Mound, Missouri in 1999 while working on my memoirs as stress relief from my job. I found it comforting to go back in time when things were much more simple and enjoyable. Over and over again, I came back to my years (1945-1954) spent in Blue Mound. Then I started looking and couldn’t find any organized history of the area. “Ah ha” I exclaimed, it sure would be a lot more fun doing a history of Blue Mound than doing my memoirs. Thus began the search for information and the beginnings of this site. Most past and former residents feel that Blue Mound was a wonderful place to live. There were, however, a few who felt differently. One of those was old George McAlear who lived there in the 1870s. After moving west, he reportedly said, “Why anyone would want to live there is beyond me!” He never returned!
Now that you know a little bit about Blue Mound, you are encouraged to take a look at the rest of this website. You are also invited to contribute to this history. I am especially interested in any documents, maps, artifacts, announcements, post marks, deeds, receipts, diaries, posters, photographs, stories, reflections or anecdotes. Hard copy items on paper and old photographs can be scanned and returned. Artifacts can be photographed. Please contact me at: Joe G. Dillard, 3535 West Arbor Way, Columbia, MO 65203, Phone 573/445-5377 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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