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The city of Forsyth is the county seat of Taney County, Missouri. Prior to the American Civil War, Forsyth was an important river town, and the head of navigation for steamboats traveling on the White River, where cargo would be loaded onto smaller boats to go further upriver or on wagons for overland transportation. At the beginning of the War, nearly all of the citizens of Forsyth were farmers who had come to Missouri from Eastern states. Taney County was organized in 1837, and Forsyth was named the county seat in 1845. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union troops. Confederate troops were in possession of the town at the start of the War but, in July of 1861, Union troops took the town, but remained for less than twenty-four hours before leaving with several wagons full of captured booty. In 1863, Union troops again captured the town and burned it. After the War, the courthouse and other buildings were rebuilt, but the courthouse burned again in 1865. After several attempts were made to move the county seat, a new courthouse was authorized and completed in 1889. Forsyth was incorporated as a village in 1890. When the Powersite Dam was constructed across White River in 1913, fLake Taneycomo was formed. The Bull Shoals Dam formed Bull Shoals Lake in 1951, forcing the town to move to from its original location at the mouth of Swan Creek to the top of the bluff. Forsyth is southeast of Walnut Shade, northeast of Branson, and west of Kissee Mills. The Mark Twain National Forest is to the north and east.

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