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Established: Nov. 16, 1820, effective
Jan. 1, 1821
Parent County: Howard County Seat: Keytesville
Named After: Chariton River
The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook,
St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton
This county is situated on the Missouri River, in the
north central part of the State. The soil and climate
of "old Chariton" may be understood, when we state
that this has for some years past been one of the
largest tobacco growing counties in the State. Corn
has been produced so exclusively in years past, as to
be dull at ten and twelve and a half cents per bushel.
The spontaneous products of the forests and prairies
furnished an abundance of food for stock, so that
there was poor demand for corn at home or abroad. Coal
is abundant in every region of the county, but only
surface veins have yet been opened, except in one or
(For a detailed history of Chariton county from
its first settlement, description of the coal
formation, and the statistics of various crops grown -
too lengthy for this work-see "Missouri As It Is In
1865," pages 217 to 226 inclusive.)