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'''Kennett''' is the county seat of and largest city in [[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin County]], [[Missouri]]. It had a population of 10,932 at the 2010 census. It is among the larger cities in Southeast Missouri.
 
'''Kennett''' is the county seat of and largest city in [[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin County]], [[Missouri]]. It had a population of 10,932 at the 2010 census. It is among the larger cities in Southeast Missouri.
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==History==
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In the early 19th century, the future site of Kennett was occupied by a sizable Delaware Indian village, named Chilletecaux (one of several in Southeast Missouri). White settlers began arriving in the area by the 1840s, and due to its location near the center of the newly-formed Dunklin County, it was selected to be the county seat in 1846. The new community initially bore the same name as the former Indian village, before being changed to Butler by the Missouri legislature in 1849. It kept this name until 1867, but complaints arose about the possibility of mail to Butler being confused with mail for Butler County, and so at that time it was renamed in honor of [[St. Louis]] mayor Luther M. Kennett, who had been a great promoter of railroads in the state.<ref>https://collections.shsmo.org/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay_dunklin.html</ref>
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[[Category:Missouri Cities and Towns]]

Revision as of 20:25, 13 September 2019

Kennett is the county seat of and largest city in Dunklin County, Missouri. It had a population of 10,932 at the 2010 census. It is among the larger cities in Southeast Missouri.

History

In the early 19th century, the future site of Kennett was occupied by a sizable Delaware Indian village, named Chilletecaux (one of several in Southeast Missouri). White settlers began arriving in the area by the 1840s, and due to its location near the center of the newly-formed Dunklin County, it was selected to be the county seat in 1846. The new community initially bore the same name as the former Indian village, before being changed to Butler by the Missouri legislature in 1849. It kept this name until 1867, but complaints arose about the possibility of mail to Butler being confused with mail for Butler County, and so at that time it was renamed in honor of St. Louis mayor Luther M. Kennett, who had been a great promoter of railroads in the state.[1]

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