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P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis,
1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton
In the south-eastern portion of the State, is
bounded on the south by the Arkansas State line.
A good portion of the land has been returned as
"swamp land", but can principally be reclaimed by
drains and levees.
A portion of the south half of the county is
frequently overflowed, which until drained makes it
permanent improvement, unless it be for
cranberry culture, for which both the soil and
climate is said to be well adapted,
and from which some farmers can realize handsome
Some of the very best of farming lands are in this
county, and, as an old resident says
"there are few localities where farmers can make a
comfortable living and lay up money easier than
Of timber, the growth on the high ground is
principally beech and white oak in the bottoms a
Groves of cypress flourish in the bottoms of the St.
Francis, a short distance from Chalk Bluffs.
Felix R. Brunot, of Pittsburg, purchased 1500 acres
of very rich hematite iron ore land at Indian Ford,
where he contemplates establishing extensive iron
works at an early day. There are other immense beds
of iron through the county.
The South-East Missouri Railroad Company, chartered
by the last legislature, will pass through the
North-East corner of Butler county.
Immigrants and capitalists will find inducements for
favorable investment in mineral lands, farming,
grazing or manufacturing.
Black River is navigable to within fifteen miles of