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Established: Jan. 2, 1822
Parent County: Ray County Seat:
Named After: Henry Clay, Kentucky congressman
Is situated in
the west north-west part of the State, on the Missouri River. The face of
the country is somewhat broken, and generally well timbered, with small
prairies in various portions of the county. The soil is remarkably
fertile, and the county well watered. This county is noted for its fine
farms and wealthy, intelligent farmers and stock growers. According to a
recent census, Clay was one of the most productive agricultural counties
in the State; notwithstanding which, there were at that time 142,661 acres
of unimproved land in the county. Clay was foremost to organize teacher's
institutes, and the citizens have always manifested more liberality and
enterprise in the support of schools, than any other county in the State
in proportion to her population. There are several first class ably
conducted seminaries in the county. Farmers, manufacturers, mechanics and
business men of all classes, will here find fertile soil, a healthy
climate, abundance of timber and building materials, good prices and a
ready market for all products either agricultural or mechanical, and an
honest, industrious, and hospitable people.
The Source is: P.M.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook,St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
by Donna Walton
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