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Is on the western boundary of the State, near the
middle on a north and south line.
The territory now embraced within this county was first settled by
Missionaries sent out by the American Board of Foreign Missions in
1818, and "Harmony Mission" where their school and church was
located, is shown upon many of the older maps.
(For a full history of the operations of this mission, see "Missouri
As It Is," in 1865, page 184).
Bates County is situated upon the dividing ground between the waters
of Grand River on the north, and Marias des Cigne on the south.
The prairies are high, rich and rolling; the only poor land in the
county being that upon the high limestone ridges, which are covered
In the North-west portion of the county, the prairies are large. The
bottoms along the larger streams are well timbered. Springs are
abundant, indications of load and iron. Lands can be purchased here
on very reasonable terms
(Source: The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Bates County was organized in 1833.
It was named after the second governor of Missouri, Frederick Bates.
The County Seat is Butler.
Parent County: Van Buren (now Cass)
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