History

The “Mother of Counties”

Howard County was created under an act of the general assembly, approved on January 13, 1816. It was named for Benjamin Howard, first Missouri Territory governor. Howard County was the ninth organized county in the Missouri Territory and was created from the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles.

Howard County was one of the several counties settled mostly by southerners along the Missouri River. Given their culture and traditions, this area became known as Little Dixie and Howard was the heart.