Randolph County Historical Society

Short History of Randolph County

Moberly Union Depot from trackside-
1889-1997–Railway Express Bldg. on the left

Randolph County was part of Howard County during the territorial days between 1860 and 1820. After Chariton County was created in 1820, Randolph County became a part of Chariton County until 1829. Randolph County was carved from its neighbor to the west, Chariton County, in 1829. Eight years later, a chunk of northern Randolph County helped create Macon County. In over 150 years, Randolph County as it now exists, has bid farewell to the native Fox and Sac Indians, endured war among families and neighbors, given birth to a magic city and watched industries come and go. Sometimes known as Little Dixie, the area was settled by pioneers from … Read the rest

Randolph County Railroads

Railroads became an important part of Randolph county starting with the arrival in 1858 of the track of the North Missouri Railroad prior to the Civil War. The North Missouri crossed the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad at Macon. This connection allowed freight to move from the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO to the Missouri River at St. Joseph, MO. The North Missouri eventually became the Wabash Railroad. More recently the Wabash merged with the Norfolk and Western RR, which became the Norfolk Southern. The M. K. & T. RR (Missouri, Kansas & Texas) was the next line to be built through the county. Nicknamed the Katy, it connected Texas with the Mississippi River at … Read the rest

Society News November 3, 2009


News from the History Center and Museum  -  3Nov, 2009


Holiday Ornaments displayed for November 7th sale.They’re starting to bring in their used Christmas decorations for the Annual Used Christmas Decoration Sale at the History Center. Do you have some that has just been lying around waiting to get pitched? You can bring it to good use by bringing it by and letting us sell it in our sale. The sale is one of the three fund-raisers that the Historical Society has each year. The Decoration Sale, the White Elephant Sale, and the Ice Cream Social help pay our largest expenses at the Center – gas and electricity. Anyway, the sale will be Saturday morning, November 7 and it … Read the rest

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