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Ripley County, Missouri

US county information
NameRipley County
Largest cityDoniphan
US Area
Total Area631.66 sq mi (1636 km2)
Land Area629.47 sq mi (1630.3 km2)
Water Area2.20 sq mi (5.7 km2)
Population Est.13485 (2008)
Density8.5/km2 (22/sq mi)
Named forEleazer Wheelock Ripley, a soldier in the War of 1812
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Ripley County is a county located in the Ozarks of Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 13,509. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 13,485. The largest city and county seat is Doniphan . The county was officially organized on January 5, 1833, and is named after Brigadier General Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, a soldier who fought in the War of 1812. The original area encompassed what would later become Oregon, Howell, Shannon and Carter counties. The historic Natchitoches Trail passes through Ripley County. It was a Native American trail and early route to the Southwest, used by pioneers like Stephen Austin. Although a no-man's land during the American Civil War, Ripley county was pro-South and provided four colonels for the Confederate cause. Today's tourist areas include Current River and the Mark Twain National Forest.

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