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Barry County is a county located in the southwest portion of the state of Missouri. As of the 2010 US Census, the population was 35,597. Its county seat is Cassville. The county was organized in 1835 and named after William Taylor Barry, a US Postmaster General from Kentucky.
Named for US Postmaster General William T. Barry.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Organized January 5, 1835; named in honor of William T. Barry of Kentucky, a member of President Jackson's cabinet and Postmaster General 1829-1835, the first appointment to that office. Died August 30, 1835, in Liverpool, while Minister to Spain. (J.H. Thomas; Eaton (46) I p. 205)
Source: Bell, Margaret E. "Place Names In The Southwest Border Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1933.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 791 square miles (2,050 km2), of which 778 square miles (2,020 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.6%) is water. Roaring River State Park is located in the southern part of the county, amid the Mark Twain National Forest.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Cassville R-IV School District - Cassville
Exeter R-VI School District - Exeter
Monett R-I School District - Monett
Purdy R-II School District - Purdy
Shell Knob School District No. 78 - Shell Knob
Southwest R-V School District - Washburn
Wheaton R-III School District - Wheaton
St. Lawrence Catholic School - Monett (K-06) - Roman Catholic