Caldwell County, Missouri

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The Caldwell County Courthouse is located at 49 East Main Street, Kingston, MO 64650; phone: 816-586-2581.

Organized December 9, 1836, Caldwell County was named by General Alexander W. Doniphan who introduced the bill in the Legislature creating the county, after Matthew Caldwell, commander of Indian Scouts and a hunter of Kentucky. Joseph Doniphan, father of A. W. Doniphan, belonged to Caldwell's company. General Doniphan was chiefly instrumental in having the county named in honor of his father's old comrade.

  1. David W. Eaton, How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named, The State Historical Society of Missouri, reprinted from The Missouri Historical Review, Vol 10, No. 3, April, 1916, Columbia, MO, 1916.

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