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Huntsville is the county seat of Randolph County, Missouri. The county was organized in 1829, and Huntsville was established as its seat of government in 1831, named for Daniel Hunt, the community’s first settler, having come around 1820. The small town was home to a college, Mount Pleasant College, from 1857 to 1882, when it was destroyed by fire. George W.P. Hunt, a grandson of Daniel Hunt, became the first governor of Arizona, and William T. Anderson, also known as Bloody Bill Anderson, spent his childhood in Huntsville, later becoming a Confederate guerrilla leader. Huntsville is north of US Highway 24, east of Randolph Springs, and west of Kimberly.



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