Christian County was organized March 8, 1859. It was formed from portions of Greene, Taney and Webster Counties. Thus, many of the communities listed in this Directory are older than the county.
Ozark, the county seat, is situated on the south bank of Finley Creek; in 1865, the court-house was burned, thus destroying all the public records.
The beginning of the community center or village, is reckoned from 1833, while the area was still part of Greene County. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, Campbell, p. 139; Christian County, Its First 100 Years, Copyright, used by permission, p. 22.)
Note: Permission is hereby granted to any historian to copy, with due credit, any portion of this Directory, with the exception of any portion quoted from Christian County, Its First 100 Years. Permission to cite these latter quotations should be received from Mrs. Lucille Anderson, Ozark, Mo., owner of the copyright.