Place:Farmington, Saint Francois, Missouri, United States


Alt namesMurphys Settlementsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS29007605
Murphy's Settlementsource: Wikipedia
St. Francois Court Housesource: Wikipedia
Coordinates37.782°N 90.422°W
Located inSaint Francois, Missouri, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Farmington is a city in St. Francois County located about southwest of St. Louis in the Lead Belt region in Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 18,217. It is the county seat of St. Francois County. Farmington was established in 1822 as Murphy's Settlement, named for William Murphy of Kentucky, who first visited the site in 1798. When St. Francois County was organized, the town was briefly called St. Francois Court House and later renamed to Farmington.

Additional history

According to Wikipedia, William Murphy's visit in 1798 was aimed at finding a location to resettle his family, and he acquired a Spanish Land Grant for a parcel to establish a settlement along the St. Francois River. This settlement was established by Murphy's wife and children after his death, around 1800. The surrounding land was annexed by the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The first post office was established in 1817. The settlement became a part of Missouri upon establishment of the state in 1822. Incorporation as a town came in 1836, and status as a village was achieved in 1856.


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