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Virginia is covered on the Northeast States List
Established: Jan. 29, 1841
First organized in 1841 as Kinderhook County in honor of President Martin Van
Buren's New York home.
On Feb. 23, 1843 name was changed to Camden.
Parent County: Benton, Morgan and Pulaski
County Seat: Camdenton
Named After: Charles Pratt, Earl of Camden
Camden county is situated in the south central part of the State. The face of the
country is rolling and some portions broken, and well timbered, except
in the extreme south-eastern corner. There is but little prairie in the
county. The surface may be said to be made up of a succession of hills,
valleys, and beautiful woodlands. The soil is rich and productive. The
hills of the Big and Little Niangua are truly picturesque, while the
water power of those streams, together with their fine forests of oak,
walnut, cherry, and a variety of other timber are objects of great
interest to mechanics and manufacturers. A single spring on the Big
Niangua furnishes water enough for any amount of machinery. Good
flouring and saw mills, carding machine, woolen factories, grist mills,
etc., would pay well upon the capital invested, as the water power is
abundant, the raw material at hand, and the home market would fully
equal the supply. There is both lead and iron in this county, and
310,000 acres of land subject to entry at $125.
(Source: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook,
St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.. Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Andrea Stawski Pack
Morgan County (north)
Miller County (northeast)
Pulaski County (east)
Laclede County (southeast)
Dallas County (southwest)
Hickory County (west)
Benton County (northwest)
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