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County Data for Bollinger County, Missouri

Bollinger County is a county located in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U. S. Census, the county's population was 12,029. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 11,990. The county seat is Marble Hill, which is also the largest city in Bollinger County. The county was officially organized in 1851.

Bollinger County is part of the Cape Girardeau–Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bollinger County is known for its natural beauty and is the home of the Missouri dinosaur. Blue Pond, the deepest natural pond in Missouri, is located in southern Bollinger County.

History

Sixty million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the area that would eventually become known as Bollinger County. The "Missouri Dinosaur," a hadrosaur (duck-billed), was discovered at a dig near Glen Allen. It has produced bones from different dinosaurs and aquatic species. Bollinger County has the distinction of having a truly "Midwestern Dinosaur. "

The county's terrain ranges from the Mississippi Delta flatlands in the south to the Ozark hills in the north. Streams with names such as Crooked Creek, Little Whitewater, Big Whitewater, Hurricane and Castor played an important part in creating the fertile fields that now line their banks.

The county was named after George Frederick Bollinger, the eleventh of 12 children of Heinrich Bollinger. George Frederick Bollinger persuaded 20 other families to leave North Carolina in the fall of 1799 and settle in a region immediately east of what is now Cape Girardeau, Missouri. To acquire the land, Bollinger first had to sign off a document asserting that he and his fellow settlers were all Roman Catholics. In reality, most of the group were members of the German Reformed Church and none were actually Catholic. However, Don Louis Lorimier, the Spanish Land Commandant of Cape Girardeau, had been impressed by Bollinger on an earlier visit and decided to bend the rules for him and his fellow settlers.

Making the journey from North Carolina with George Frederick Bollinger were his brothers John, Daniel, and Mathias Bollinger and two nephews Mann Henry Bollinger and William Bollinger. Several friends also joined the expedition including brothers George and Peter Grount (Grounds) along with Peter's young son Daniel Grount, brothers Peter and Conrad Statler, Joseph Neyswanger, Peter Crytes, Jacob Cotner, John and Isaac Miller, Frederick Limbaugh, Leonard Welker and Frederick Slinkard. All had immigrated with their families from Germany in the early 1700s and later migrated down the Shenandoah Valley into North Carolina by the late 1700s.

Lorimier's willingness to place German Reformed settlers west of Cape Girardeau is somewhat perplexing given his earlier role in placing a group of Shawnee settlers in that same location. Lorimier had intimate ties to the Shawnee group. His wife, Charlotte Bougainville of Ohio, was half French and half Shawnee. In Pickawillany, Ohio, Lorimier had supported the British and had led Shawnee and Delaware Indian raids against the growing American presence there. His raids had led to an attempt by George Rogers Clark to exterminate the French and Shawnee population at Pickawillany. Lorimier survived and fled to Spanish territory, where he eventually became the Spanish Land Commandant. With Lorimier's help, Shawnee tribe members from Ohio were granted the right by the Spanish in 1793 to take up residence in the land to the west of Cape Girardeau. By that time the earlier indigenous tribes of that area were no longer present, presumably due to their lack of resistance to European diseases such as measles and smallpox that had been carried in earlier by European traffic and settlement along the Mississippi River. Despite Lorimier's historically protective role of the Shawnee group, the Shawnee appear to have been viewed with distrust by many of the inhabitants of Cape Girardeau. This distrust may have influenced Lorimier's decision to augment the area with European settlers.

The Bollinger-led group of German Reformed families moved into the area in January 1800, crossing their wagons over the Mississippi River after an unusually cold stretch of weather had frozen the surface all the way across. Meanwhile, ownership of the region shifted in quick succession from Spain to France and then in 1803 to the United States via the Louisiana Purchase.

The change in national ownership did not bode well for the earlier Shawnee settlers. In 1825 they were removed permanently when the U. S. government enacted the Treaty with the Shawnee of 1825. This treaty, whose first signatory was William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition fame, required that the Shawnee move to what is now known as Shawnee Mission, Kansas, on land that had previously belonged to the Osage tribes. The Osage tribe was the major Native American influence at the time of European settlement. By the 1830s most of the Native Americans were displaced by white settlers. One of the Cherokee Trail of Tears routes passed through Sedgewickville while another route passed through Glennon and Zalma.

The region west of Cape Girardeau was organized as a county in 1851 and named Bollinger County in honor of George Frederick Bollinger. In the next county to the west, Madison County, the settlement of Fredericktown was also named after George Frederick Bollinger.

The U. S. Civil War was a difficult time for the citizens of Bollinger County. Numerous skirmishes were fought between the North and the South. Bands of guerrillas roamed the county killing many people and looting homes, farms and businesses. During the 1900s, many Bollinger County men and women fought bravely in wars and conflicts worldwide. More recently, local men and women have participated in the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bollinger County has a long and proud history. Although some history has been lost, many citizens have helped compile very informative written histories of the area. Publications and original records can be found at the Bollinger County Library, the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, and the Bollinger County Courthouse where the county archives are located.

Education

As of 2007, 70. 7% of residents 25 years of age and older in Bollinger County had a high school diploma or higher as their highest educational attainment while 6. 9% had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Public Schools

  • Leopold R-III School District - Leopold - Named the best public school in Southeast Missouri by the ''Southeast Missourian'' newspaper for the past four academic school years
  • *Leopold Elementary School (K-06)
  • *Leopold High School (07-12)
  • Meadow Heights R-II School District - Patton
  • *Meadow Heights Elementary School (PK-06)
  • *Meadow Heights High School (07-12)
  • Woodland R-IV School District - Marble Hill
  • *Woodland Elementary School (K-04)
  • *Woodland Middle School (05-08)
  • *Woodland High School (09-12)
  • Zalma R-V School District - Zalma
  • *Zalma Elementary School (K-06)
  • *Zalma High School (07-12)
  • Private Schools

  • New Bethel Christian School - Marble Hill - (06-12) - Non-denominational Christian
  • New Salem Baptist Academy - Marble Hill - (PK-12) - Baptist
  • Religion

    Bollinger County is a part of the Bible Belt in Southeast Missouri.

    Total Adherents

    Total Congregations

    Geography

    According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 621 square miles (1,609 km²), of which, 621 square miles (1,608 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0. 07%) is water.

    Adjacent counties

  • Perry County (north)
  • Cape Girardeau County (east)
  • Stoddard County (south)
  • Wayne County (southwest)
  • Madison County (northwest)
  • Major highways

  • Route 34
  • Route 51
  • Route 72
  • National protected area

  • Mark Twain National Forest (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 12,029 people, 4,576 households, and 3,464 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,522 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97. 79% White, 0. 21% Black or African American, 0. 72% Native American, 0. 22% Asian, 0. 13% from other races, and 0. 93% from two or more races. Approximately 0. 57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    There were 4,576 households out of which 34. 30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63. 80% were married couples living together, 8. 40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24. 30% were non-families. 21. 60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10. 50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 59 and the average family size was 3. 00.

    In the county the population was spread out with 26. 20% under the age of 18, 7. 80% from 18 to 24, 26. 80% from 25 to 44, 24. 50% from 45 to 64, and 14. 80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97. 90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95. 80 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $36,744, and the median income for a family was $42,948. Males had a median income of $26,078 versus $17,588 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,387. About 10. 90% of families and 13. 80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15. 40% of those under age 18 and 17. 40% of those age 65 or over.

    Bollinger County is a predominantly youthful community. According to the Economic Development Intelligence System (EDIS)as of 2007, 25. 5% of the total population was aged 0-19, 12. 5% was aged 20-29, 12. 3% was aged 30-39, 14. 9% was aged 40-49, 13. 9% was aged 50-59, and 20. 8% of the total population was aged 60 and over in Bollinger County.

    In Bollinger County, 99. 6% of all residents were born in the United States. Of these American-born citizens in the county, 81. 28% were born in Missouri, 7. 71% were born elsewhere in the Midwest, 7. 32% were born in the South, 2. 81% were born in the Inner Mountain or Pacific West, and 0. 89% were born in the Northeast or New England region of the country.

    In Bollinger County, 48 residents (0. 4%) are foreign-born, which is lower than the Missouri state average of 2. 7%. Of all foreign-born residents in Bollinger County, 40% were born in Germany, 13% in Yugoslavia, 13% in the Philippines, 13% in Canada, 6% in Chile, 4% in the Netherlands, and another 4% was born somewhere else in Europe.

    The most commonly reported first ancestries in Bollinger County were 34% German, 24% United States or American, 10% Irish, 9% English, 3% Dutch, 2% French (excluding Basque), and 1% Scottish.

    Economy

    As it is in many rural areas, the standard of living in Bollinger County is significantly lower than many other places. In 2008, the cost of living index in Bollinger County was low (76. 0) compared to the U. S. average of 100. The unemployment rate in Bollinger County is also lower than the state and national levels. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the October 2008 unemployment rate in the United States was 6. 7 percent whereas in Missouri it was 6. 5 percent. According to economic research compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the October 2008 unemployment rate in Bollinger County was 5. 6 percent.

    The most common industries providing employment in Bollinger County consist of manufacturing (25. 5%), educational, health and social services (14. 7%), construction (12. 3%), and retail trade (10. 8%) while other kinds of industries account for the rest (36. 7%). The most common industries for males in Bollinger County are construction (20%), agriculture, forestry, fishing and/or hunting (8%), truck transportation (5%), transportation equipment (5%), metal and metal products (4%), repair and maintenance (4%), and paper (4%). The most common occupations for males in the county included driving/sales workers and truck drivers (9%), other production occupations including supervisors (8%), electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance and repair occupations including supervisors (6%), vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers and repairers (6%), metal and plastic workers (6%), carpenters (5%), and hand-laborers and material movers (5%). For females, the most common industries are health care (16%), educational services (9%), apparel (8%), accommodation and food services (6%), finance and insurance (4%), public administration (4%), and metal and metal products (4%). The most common occupations for females includes other production occupations including supervisors (9%), textile, apparel and furnishings workers (8%), secretaries and administrative assistants (6%), other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%), building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%), other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (3%), and retail sales workers not including cashiers (3%).

    A majority of employees in Bollinger County (78%) receive a private wage or salary, 10% work in public or government jobs, 11% is self-employed while another 1% performs some sort of unpaid family work. A majority of workers in the county (76%) drive their own cars to work, 16% carpools, 5% works at home, 2% walks, 1% takes a bus or trolley bus, and less than 1 percent rides to work on a motorcycle or uses some other form of transportation.

    Agriculture

    Like it is in many rural areas, agriculture and farming plays a critical role in the economy of Bollinger County. The average size of a farm in the county is . The average value of agricultural products sold per farm was $21,451 while the average total farm production expenses per farm was $19,413. The average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm was $36,801 and 31. 69% of land in farms consisted of harvested croplands. In the county, 93. 65% of all farms were operated by a family or one individual. The average age of the principal farm owner in the county was 56 years old. The average number of cattle and calves per of all land in farms in the county was 14. 10 while 0. 61% of all cattle and cows were used for milking. There were of land in orchards in Bollinger County. The most common crops are soybeans for beans with harvested, corn for grain with harvested, and all wheat for grain with harvested.

    Cities and towns

    Cities

  • Marble Hill
  • Villages

  • Glen Allen
  • Sedgewickville
  • Zalma
  • Unincorporated towns

  • Alliance - Previously known as Bristol and also known as Jugtown, it is located on County Road 214 north of Patton about a mile off Highway 51. The Alliance Post Office was in existence from November 13, 1889-December 31, 1953.
  • Arab
  • Bessville - Located at the end of Route OO northwest of Glen Allen, there once was a station here on the Belmont Branch Railroad. Bessville is named after the Bess family, including Sam Bess (who was the owner of the very first store here) and Levi Bess, the first postmaster of the post office that was in existence in Bessville from July 25, 1856-March 21, 1864 and then again from April 6, 1871-April 30, 1955.
  • Buchanan - Located on Route Y south of Highway 51 near Castor River. It is named after President James Buchanan, the first person for whom Postmaster Washington A. McMinn voted.
  • Dongola - Located on Highway 51 just west of the Highway 91 intersection, it was destroyed by a tornado on May 30, 1917 and never recovered. Dongola is still intact today, though.
  • Drum - Founded in 1893 by John W. Laird, Drum is located just south of the Route T and Route F intersection east of Glennon. It was named after State Senator Richard Drum (R-Marble Hill).
  • Gipsy
  • Glennon - Located at the intersection of Route T and Route AB, it is named after Archbishop John Glennon, who gave permission to establish a parish here on November 29, 1905. It is home to St. Anthony's Catholic Church as well as the Glennon Rural Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Grassy
  • Greenbrier - Located at the end of Route W northeast of Arab, there once was a station here along the Zalma Branch Railroad. The Greenbrier Post Office was in existence from November 15, 1889-September 30, 1957.
  • Grisham - Previously known as Grisham Spur, it is located on County Road 840 northwest of Bessville. There once was a point here on the Belmont Branch Railroad. It is named after Loyd Grisham, a man who helped build a railroad spur here from the Belmont Branch Railroad around 1910.
  • Hahn - Previously known as North Zalma, it is located on Route H just south of the Route FF intersection about halfway between Marble Hill and Zalma. It was founded in 1875 by Jacob Hahn and Harmon Gray. The Hahn Post Office started sometime in 1895 and existed until January 31, 1954.
  • Hurricane - Located near the intersection of County Road 328 and County Road 330 south of Patton.
  • Laflin - Located at the end of Route U northeast of Leopold, there once was a station here on the Belmont Branch Railroad. It is named after Sylvester M. Laflin, a director of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. The Laflin Post Office existed from January 4, 1871-April 15, 1954.
  • Leopold
  • Lixville - Located at the intersection of Route K and Route KK north of Sedgewickville, it is named after the Lix family although there are disparities between which member. Some say it is named after Henry Lix who received a land patent on January 3, 1856; others claim it is named after Louis W. Lix, the first postmaster of the office that existed from November 25, 1895-April 15, 1945.
  • Lodge - Previously known as Sumac, the post office that once operated here changed its name to Lodge around 1880. It is located on Route DD near the Madison County line.
  • Mayfield - Located at the end of Route JJ southeast of Patton.
  • North Patton - Located on Highway 51 north of Patton Junction and Patton.
  • Patton
  • Patton Junction - Located at the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 72 north of Patton.
  • Sank - Located on County Road 528 just north of Highway 51 about halfway in between Zalma and the Highway 51-91 Junction.
  • Schlatitz - Located on Highway 51 just west of Dongola and east of Sank not far from Zalma.
  • Scopus - Located at the intersection of Route B and Route M northeast of Marble Hill, today Scopus is a small little community that consists of a tiny convenience store. A state-licensed daycare, Little Rascals, also exists in Scopus.
  • Shrum - Located on County Road 306 east of Bessville.
  • Sturdivant
  • Tallent - Located at the intersection of Route A and Route YY.
  • Extinct towns

  • Bollinger Mill - Located just off Route EE northwest of Sedgewickville on Whitewater River, it was named after Mathias Bollinger, brother of George Frederick Bollinger, who established the mill here sometime around 1815. The mill was purchased by John Hermann Dolle in 1853 and operated by the Dolle family until 1936 when it was sold to Terry Bollinger.
  • Burg - Located somewhere between Zalma and Gipsy on Route E, the Pioneer Cooperage Company operated a lumber mill here from about 1906-1911 after which the company was moved to Coldwater in Wayne County when the timber played out. The town died soon thereafter.
  • Castor - Located at the end of Route MM near the Wayne County line.
  • Castor Bridge - Located on Castor River near the end of County Road 615 southeast of Zalma, it used to be where the river crossed between Zalma and Greenbrier on the Zalma Branch Railroad.
  • Castor Station - Also known as simply just "Castor," it is located on a county road southwest of Brownwood near the Castor River. There used to be a point on the Cape Girardeau Southwestern Line here.
  • Choat - Located on County Road 702 southwest of Grassy, it was named after Postmaster Albert Choat who also owned a store here.
  • Clippard - Located somewhere northeast of Laflin, possibly near a county road crossing of Granny Creek. Some sources, however, place Clippard Post Office a few miles south of Laflin.
  • Ezra - Located possibly near County Road 916 east of Route HH northwest of Patton, it is named after Ezra Martin, who was a popular local schoolteacher. The Ezra Post Office was in existence from October 30, 1908-September 30, 1913.
  • Heitmans Mill - Located on Whitewater River just south of the Perry County line near the junction of County Road 920 and County Road 930.
  • Huskey - Also spelled Husky, it is located on Highway 34 near the bridge over Hog Creek. The post office here existed from August 4, 1887-October 22, 1891 and then again from May 5, 1899-August 31, 1907.
  • Huxie - Previously known as Need More, it is located somewhere between Hahn and Marble Hill. It was named after William J. Huxie, a sawmill operator.
  • Loyd - Located somewhere east of Marquand, possibly near the end of Route YY.
  • Lutesville
  • Precinct - Located north of Patton at the intersection of Highway 51 and Route NN.
  • Richardson - Located at the end of County Road 644 along the Diversion Channel east of Greenbrier, there used to be a station on the Zalma Branch Railroad between Greenbrier and Brownwood.
  • Rose - Located somewhere west of Mayfield.
  • Scheperville - Located south of Marble Hill along Highway 51, it was named after Frederick Scheper, the first postmaster.
  • Sitzke Store - Also known as Twin Bridges, it was located at the intersection of Highway 34 and Route MM along the Castor River. Today it is home to Twin Bridges Park, a popular camping and swimming spot along the river.
  • Storis - Also known as Stores, there used to be a station on an old railroad branch between Richardson and Brownwood.
  • Trowel - Located somewhere north of Schlatitz, probably somewhere in the woods.
  • Younts Store - Located at the intersection of Route A and O northeast of Marquand.
  • Zephyr - Located somewhere west of Hahn.
  • Townships

    Bollinger County is divided into eight townships:

    Crime

    Although it is not as prevalent in Bollinger County as it is in more urban areas, the county is not immune from crime. As reported by the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department, there were no murders, six rapes, no robberies, 44 assaults, 54 burglaries, 84 thefts, and three auto thefts reported in the county in 2004-2005.

    According to the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department Sex Offenders Registry, there are 18 registered sex offenders—17 males and one female—residing in Bollinger County.

    While Missouri has the notorious reputation as the state with the most methamphetamine lab busts in the United States, the number of lab incidents in Bollinger County is significantly lower and basically nonexistent when compared to the regional and statewide average. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were no methamphetamine lab busts reported in Bollinger County in 2008.

    A growing concern among residents in Bollinger County, however, is underage drinking and driving while intoxicated.

    Climate and Weather

    Missouri generally has a humid continental climate with cool to cold winters and long, hot summers. Due to its location in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extremes in temperatures. Not having either large mountains or oceans nearby to moderate its temperature, its climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico. In the southern part of the state, particularly in the Bootheel, the climate borders on a humid subtropical climate. Therefore, Bollinger County, which is located above the Bootheel, can be said to have more of a humid continental climate sometimes influenced by a humid subtropical climate. Average temperatures in Bollinger County range from in January to in July. According to Weather. com, some weather facts about Bollinger County include the following:

  • On average, the warmest month in Bollinger County is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature in Bollinger County was in 1954.
  • January is the average coolest month in Bollinger County.
  • The lowest recorded temperature in Bollinger County was in 1951.
  • The maximum average precipitation in Bollinger County occurs in March (4. 91 inches).
  • The historical area-adjusted tornado activity in Bollinger County is near the Missouri state average but is 1. 7 times above the U. S. national average. Tornadoes in the county have caused one fatality and 24 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On April 27, 2002, an F3 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 158-206 mph killed a teenage boy in between Hahn and Marble Hill and injured 16 people and caused $4 million in damages.

    Politics

    Local

    Politics at the local level in Bollinger County is predominantly controlled by the Republican Party. In fact, all but three of Bollinger County’s elected officials are Republicans.

    State

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    ! Democratic

    ! Third Parties

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2008

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|56. 05% 3,232

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|42. 06% 2,425

    |align="center" |1. 89% 109

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2004

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|67. 25% 3,902

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|31. 76% 1,843

    |align="center" |0. 98% 57

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2000

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|61. 76% 3,190

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|36. 98% 1,910

    |align="center" |1. 26% 65

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|1996

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|47. 96% 2,372

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|51. 11% 2,528

    |align="center" |0. 93% 46

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    Bollinger County is a part of Missouri’s 156th Legislative District and is currently represented by State Representative Shelley Keeney (R-Marble Hill), a former school teacher and legislative aide to Rod Jetton, the former Speaker of the House. Keeney defeated Michael Winder (D-Marquand), an ironworker, by 8. 36 points—54. 18 to 45. 82 percent—in the November 4, 2008 general election. The 156th District includes all of Bollinger and Madison counties as well as most of Wayne County.

    Bollinger County is also a part of Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau). Crowell easily defeated Linda Sanders (D-Jackson) in the November 4, 2008 general election. Bollinger County backed Crowell with 65. 56 percent of the vote while Sanders received 34. 44 percent. The 27th Senatorial District includes Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Mississippi, Perry and Scott counties.

    Democratic Governor Governor Jay Nixon solidly defeated Republican U. S. Representative Kenny Hulshof with 58. 40 percent of the total statewide vote. While Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the rural counties in the state, Bollinger County provided the Governor with his second-worst performance in Southeast Missouri (only in neighboring Cape Girardeau County did he do slightly worse). Hulshof won Bollinger County with 56. 05 percent while Nixon received 42. 06 percent of the vote.

    Federal

    In the U. S. House of Representatives, Bollinger County is a part of Missouri's 8th Congressional District and is currently represented by Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau).

    Political Culture

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2008

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|68. 67% 3,972

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|29. 22% 1,690

    |align="center" |2. 11% 122

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2004

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|69. 58% 4,102

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|29. 75% 1,754

    |align="center" |0. 66% 39

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|2000

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|65. 87% 3,487

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|31. 96% 1,692

    |align="center" |2. 17% 115

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    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|1996

    |align="center" bgcolor="#fff3f3"|47. 95% 2,420

    |align="center" bgcolor="#f0f0ff"|40. 50% 2,044

    |align="center" |11. 55% 583

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    At the presidential level, Bollinger County is a reliably Republican stronghold. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Bollinger County was Jimmy Carter in Election 1976. Since then, voters in Bollinger County have strongly backed the Republican candidates for president. John McCain carried Bollinger County by more than a two-to-one margin in Election 2008. George W. Bush carried Bollinger County by similar margins both times in 2000 and 2004.

    Like most rural areas, Bollinger County in general strongly support socially and culturally conservative principles and therefore tend to vote Republican. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Bollinger County with 88. 78 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Bollinger County with 67. 72 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Bollinger County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6. 50 an hour—it passed Bollinger County with 66. 71 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 75. 94 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6. 50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

    2008 Missouri Presidential Primary

    In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary, voters in Bollinger County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

    Republican

    Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) slightly won Bollinger County with 39. 72 percent of the vote. U. S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Bollinger County with 31. 32 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 23. 22 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U. S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 3. 93 percent in Bollinger County.

    Huckabee slightly led Missouri throughout much of the evening until the precincts began reporting from St. Louis which McCain won and put him over the top of Huckabee. In the end, McCain received 32. 95 percent of the vote to Huckabee’s 31. 53 percent—a 1. 42 percent difference. McCain received all of Missouri’s 58 delegates as the Republican Party utilizes the winner-take-all system.

    Democratic

    Then-U. S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won a decisive victory in Bollinger County with 74. 12 percent of the vote. Then-U. S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) only received 22. 37 percent of the vote from Bollinger County Democrats. Although he withdrew from the race, former U. S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 2. 90 percent of the vote in Bollinger County.

    Clinton had a large initial lead in Missouri at the beginning of the evening as the rural precincts began to report, leading several news organizations to call the state for her; however, Obama rallied from behind as the heavily African American precincts from St. Louis began to report and eventually put him over the top. In the end, Obama received 49. 32 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 47. 90 percent—a 1. 42 percent difference. Both candidates split Missouri’s 72 delegates as the Democratic Party utilizes proportional representation.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton received more votes, a total of 971, than any candidate from either party in Bollinger County during the 2008 presidential primary. Bollinger County gave Clinton her sixth largest margin of victory in the Missouri Democratic Primary of 2008.
  • Restaurants and Dining

    There are several restaurants and areas to dine in Bollinger County that offer a variety of food selections.

  • Arab Station – Arab – In addition to being a moderately sized convenience store, a grill and restaurant is available to customers with selections ranging from hamburgers and chicken strips to chili and French fries, just to name a few. Phone (573) 222-3381.
  • Bonnie’s Country Cookin’ – Patton Junction – Located at the junction of State Highways 72 and 51, the restaurant is well known throughout the country for its delicious country cooking served in a relaxing, calm atmosphere. Phone (573) 866-2554
  • Hide Away Café – Patton – Located at the junction of Routes A and O, the small country diner offers a variety of down-home country meals. Phone (573) 866-2412.
  • Hurricane Creek Grill & Bar – Highway 34 East, Marble Hill – Located on the outskirts of Marble Hill, typical bar and grill selections are served. Phone (573) 238-0008.
  • Jay’s BBQ – 105 Conrad St. , Marble Hill – All kinds of barbecue from pulled pork and ribs to burgers and hot dogs served with potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, macaronis and cheese, rolls and other sides. Phone (573) 238-1199.
  • Jer’s Restaurant – 107 Presnell St. , Marble Hill – A typical country diner with everything American from hamburgers and fries and chicken strips to all kinds of pasta and seafood. Phone (573) 238-4068.
  • Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall – Leopold – Lunch is often served here during the week. Meals are typical of down-home country cooking; platters consist of chicken and dumplings with all the trimmings—dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and a side salad. The KC Hall is located on Route N in Leopold. Phone (573) 238-4262.
  • Mario’s Italian Grill – 204 Highway 34 West, Marble Hill – An authentic Italian restaurant owned and run by an Italian family originally from New Jersey. Common Italian cuisine like pizza, spaghetti, lasagna and other pastas and dishes are served along with garlic knots and specialty salads. Phone (573) 238-1555.
  • '''McDonald’s''' – 315 Presnell St. , Marble Hill – The only fast-food chain in Bollinger County. Phone (573) 238-4747.
  • Pizza Pro – 401 First St. , Marble Hill – A pizza joint that also serves tasty cheese sticks. Customers can pick up orders or sit and enjoy their meals inside the restaurant. Phone (573) 238-0080.
  • Shorty’s Chuck Wagon – 311 High St. , Marble Hill – A laid back country café with all kinds of selections ranging from hamburgers and chicken to pasta and seafood dishes. Phone (573) 238-2072
  • Woodland Steakhouse & Inn – 301 First St. , Marble Hill – A steakhouse with a small inn attached, everything from steaks and hamburgers with all the sides is served. Phone (573) 238-3389.
  • Tourism & Attractions

    A part of Missouri's River Heritage Region, Bollinger County has several historical points of interest.

  • The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, located in Marble Hill, houses a growing collection of natural history specimens and Native American artifacts from Missouri and other artifacts from around the world. The museum is home to "the Missouri dinosaur. "
  • The Massey Log House, built in 1869, located in Marble Hill.
  • The Alma Fisher One-Room School in Marble Hill.
  • The Cat Ranch Art Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the county, is located in Marble Hill. It was started in memory of Tom Runnels, a local artist, sculptor and writer who died of brain cancer on September 3, 2000. The Guild's name is taken from Tom and his wife Saundra Runnels's property, which is called The Cat Ranch. The Guild is owned and operated by President Jeannie Eddleman, Runnels's niece and a former art teacher in the Zalma R-5 School District.
  • St. John's Catholic Church in Leopold has one of the oldest pipe organs west of the Mississippi River.
  • Land for sale in Bollinger County, Missouri

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