Established: Dec. 31, 1838
From the Platte Purchase
County Seat: St. Joseph
                                     Named After: James Buchanan, senator from Pennsylvania and later U.S. President

                                       The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton

Is situated in the west north-west part of the State, bounded on the west by the Missouri river which separates it from Kansas. This county is principally made up of undulating-commonly called "rolling prairie" land. There is a good growth of timber along the margins of the streams, and here and there fine groves upon the prairies. The soil is deep and very fertile, producing all kinds of grain, grasses, fruit, and vegetables found in the latitude. Some farmers have produced as high as 1500 lbs. Hemp to the acre, 125 bushels of corn, and proportionately large crops of wheat, rye, oats, &c, and fruit and vegetables yield largely. The "Platte Country" of which this is a portion, has a world-wide fame for its fertility and deep soil. The climate is healthy, salubrious, and free from miasmatic influences. Farming implements, mill machinery, household furniture, woolen and cotton fabrics, boots and shoes, and scores of other articles could be manufactured here to advantage. St. Joseph, the commercial city of the county, is one of the most flourishing business points in the State. Being the western terminus of the Hannibal and St. Joseph railroad, and in direct communication with all points in the east, makes this the entreport for the shipment of produce, peltries and furs from a section of the country traversed by the navigable Missouri for 2000 miles to the north-west, while the trade from the plains and territories beyond in immense. Capitalists, manufacturers, mechanics, farmers, and all classes of immigrants will here find great attractions.

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Ben Weaver and Henry Blackwell

Holland & Utz sentenced to hard labor in state pennitentiary;
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Arrivals expected April 8, 1865

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De Kalb
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Lewis and Clark Village
Saint Joseph
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Buchanan County Court  House
411 Jules
St. Joseph, MO 64501
816 - 271 - 1503

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Room 121
Phone: (816)271-1412
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St. Joseph, MO 64501
816- 232 -7729

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