History: County Seat War
The nearby town of St. Georgehad been the county seat sincethe formation of the county in1856, but St. George did not lienear the railroad. An electionwas held in 1893 in which thenew town of Parsons receivedthe vote for the county seat. Butthe county clerk and an attor--tion proceedings to prevent theremoval of the records. The Par-sons faction, already incensedby the legal delay, took the bitbetween their teeth and madearrangements for a wagon trainaway, and remove the safesand the records.On August 7, an armed force of about seven hundred men fromthe vicinity of Parsons, aug-mented by a force of four hun-dred which had been broughtin by train, started for St.George. The St. George picketssaw them coming, put off somedynamite as a signal of the en-emy's approach, and then beata hasty retreat. The marchersand the wagons moved into St.George, loaded the records andsafes, and marched out again.The next day the conquerorsmarched into Parsons, unloadedthe county records, and the
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