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Established: Dec.17, 1818, effective Feb. 1, 1819
Named After: Sarshel Cooper, a
frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in
Is situated on the south side of the
Missouri river, in the central part of the State. The face of the country
gently undulating, and advantageously diversified with timber and
prairie-there are very few counties possessing a more equal division of
what is so desirable to farmers-prairie and timber land. The alluvial ?
occupies a large area in the bottoms of the Missouri, the Lamine and the
Little Saline, and is generally covered with a heavy growth of cottonwood,
sycamore, elm, black elder, sugar-tree, white maple, red birch, white,
black, and blue ash, coffee tree, honey locust, the various kinds of oaks
and hickories, red-bud, hackberry, willows, and grape. The soil of the
county at large, is very fertile and well adapted to all the purposes of
agriculture. Springs, both fresh and mineral, are abundant-several of
which are classed as "brine" and "sulphur". Ch**teau Spring, about ten
miles from Boonville, has a wide reputation as a pleasant and healthy
watering place. Water bursts from the earth in four places, within a short
distance from each other. The amount of water discharged is ten gallons
per minute, or 14,000 gallons per day, and the gas that escapes at least
two gallons per minute. The most extensive manufactory in the county is
that of the "Booneville Wine Company", about one mile about Boonville.
Their vineyard and orchard embraces upwards of 100 acres. The lands are
admirably suited to grape culture. Haas' Catawba has a wide reputation. An
extensive woolen factory, and an agricultural implement manufactory are
much needed, and would prove profitable investments.
is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. -
Transcribed by Donna Walton]
Blackwater * Boonville
(county seat) * Bunceton * Otterville * Pilot Grove * Prairie
Windsor Place *
Bellair * Clifton
City * Pisgah * Speed