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Cedar County is a county located in the southwest portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,982. Its county seat is Stockton. The county was founded February 14, 1845, and named after Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Sac River, which in turn is named from the Eastern red cedar, a common tree of the area.
Named for its abundance of cedar trees.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Cedar County was named from Cedar Creek (q.v.). Eaton is mistaken when he says that the county took its name from its main stream. Sac River is the main stream, as it runs entirely across the county from south to north. The upper half of Cedar Creek lies in Dade County, while the lower half is in Cedar. He is right in the statement that cedars are along its bluffs. That was true of most of the hill streams in the early days. The county was organized February 14, 1845, by an act of the Legislature. (Session Acts 1844-5; R.L. Myers)
Source: Meyers, Robert Lee. "Place Names In The Southwest Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1930.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 499 square miles (1,290 km2), of which 474 square miles (1,230 km2) is
land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (4.8%) is water. The water area includes various rivers and Stockton Lake.
Bordering counties are as follows:
El Dorado Springs R-II School District - El Dorado Springs
Stockton R-I School District - Stockton
Agape Boarding School - Stockton (01-12) - Baptist - Boys
El Dorado Christian School - El Dorado Springs (PK-12) - Church of God