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Ripley County, missouri

Ripley county was organized January 5, 1833, from Wayne County and is named for Eleazer W. Ripley, a soldier of the War of 1812.

The County Seat is located at Doniphan, Missouri, and is divided up into the following political townships:
Pine, Kelley, Jordan, Johnson, Sherley, Doniphan, Flatwoods, Washington, West Doniphan, Varner, Gatewood, Union, Poynor, Harris and Thomas.

The Current River runs through the middle of the county. Like it's neighboring counties to the north, it is a popular resort area for fishing, float trips, and canoeing. Ripley County is rich in heritage and I am proud that my ancestors made Ripley County their home.


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Doniphan Missouri...

Historic Doniphan, MO was settled in 1819 near an Indian village and French trading post.
Its historic district is centered around the Ripley County Courthouse
 and other buildings, all on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is on the first federal highway west of the Mississippi River,
and on the famous Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Civil War sites are in every corner of the county.
A downtown historical museum and gift shop displays many artifacts and crafts.

Court House

The City of Doniphan is located near the center of Ripley County on the East bank of the Current River.
Ripley County is located in the Ozark Foothills region of Missouri near the Arkansas border.
The County is bordered by Butler County to the East,
Carter County to the North and Oregon County to the West.
To the South are the Arkansas counties of Randolph and Clay.
Doniphan lies approximately 30 miles West of Poplar Bluff, Missouri,
10 miles North of the Arkansas border, 180 miles East of Springfield, Missouri,
and 180 miles South of St. Louis, Missouri.
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Current River, Ripley County

Current River Heritage Museum
Doniphan, Mo. - 573- 996-5298
The Museum opened in 1991 and is a regional history museum housing a collection of artifacts
and memorabila dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of our area.

Ripley County Library
207 Locust St,

Doniphan, MO 63935
(573) 996-2616

Pioneer Heritage Homestead
Doniphan (101 Washington St.).
Log cabin museum built in 1865.
Homestead also houses a log barn and an early blacksmith shop.
Open year-round - Free - 573-996-5298

Neighboring counties are Carter, Oregon, Butler, (MO) and Randolph, Clay, (AR).