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Cooper County is a county located in the central portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,601. Its county seat is Boonville. The county was organized December 17, 1818 and named for Sarshell Cooper, a frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814
Named for Sarshel (Benjamin) Cooper, pioneer settler.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Cooper County was organized on December 18, 1818, and "named for Sarshell Cooper, who was killed by an Indian in Cooper's Fort opposite Arrow Rock. One wall of Cooper's log cabin formed a part of the wall of the fort. The Indian stealthily, in a rain or snow storm, removed a part of the chinking, and through the opening, shot Cooper while sitting by the fire with a child on his lap. The child was uninjured." (D.W. Eaton, X, p. 280; HIST. MISSOURI, p. 197; Gannett, p. 91; Barns, p. 196)
Source: Pace, Nadine. "Place Names In The Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1928.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 569 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is
land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Blackwater R-II School District - Blackwater
Boonville R-I School District - Boonville
Cooper County R-IV School District - Bunceton
Otterville R-VI School District - Otterville
Pilot Grove C-4 School District - Pilot Grove
Prairie Home R-V School District - Prairie Home
Saints Peter & Paul School - Boonville (K-09) - Roman Catholic
Zion Lutheran School - Bunceton (02-08) - Lutheran
St. Joseph Elementary School - Pilot Grove (02-09) - Roman Catholic