By Peggy Smith Hake

 1904 Atlas Map of Mount Pleasant
In 1829, Andrew Burris came into central Missouri and began a mercantile business in what later became Mt. Pleasant, a part of Cole County in those days. Later Hardin M. Williams joined him in his enterprise. Hardin Williams was Miller County's first elected surveyor in the general election of 1838.

In 1837 when Miller County was established, there were 10 or 12 log houses in Mt. Pleasant, situated around the Burris trading post which had been built near a large spring. Four months after Miller County was formed, June, 1837, Andrew Burris and his wife filed a plat of their town and called it Pleasant Mount. This was the county's first recorded town and the first to get on a map.

A post office was established there circa 1847 and was first given the name Multnomah, which means running water, but later called Pleasant Mount.

In 1881, some of the businesses and owners were: R.H. Franklin, postmaster; D.M. Bandy, druggist, Dr. H.H. Brockman, J. Etter, general storekeeper; A.J. Love, shoemaker and lawyer; J. Morris, blacksmith; R.P. Morris, hotel owner; John J. Pitchford, Justice of the Peace; Isaac Reed, shoemaker; J.P. Spalding, hotel owner; F.M. Swanson, saddler.

Miller County Museum and Historical Society
P.O. Box 57
Tuscumbia, MO 65082
2007 - Miller County Historical Society

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