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The county was organized January 2, 1833.
It was named after the American
Revolutionary War, General Nathanael Greene.
Springfield is the County Seat.
Greene County in 1865
Situated in the south-western
part of the State, is, topographically speaking,
higher than any of the adjacent country, and the
streams are all clear and rapid. The prairies are large, rich
and beautiful, skirted by timber along the
streams, and in small groves.
Occasional “barrens” intervene
which are stony and sparsely timbered.
Though timber is not very abundant, there is
sufficient for all practical purposes. The elevated ridges,
erroneously named “Ozark mountains”, extend
through this county. The soil is not as deep and
fertile as in many portions of the State, yet it
is considered a good agricultural district and is
well adapted to the culture of all kind of
cereals, grasses, and produces an abundant yield
of fruit. It is peculiarly adapted to grape
culture, and the neglected “barrens” contain all
the elements to insure success in vine growing,
and with proper management would yield a greater
profit than many of the farms that produce 25 to
30 bushels of wheat to the acre. Peaches
grow large, and seldom fail.
The country is well watered, as
is shown upon the map, besides large springs of
clear, cold water are abundant, some of which
furnish excellent water power for manufacturing.
Of minerals, there are beds of iron, copper and
lead, but no systematic mining has yet been done.
The Southwest Branch of the
Pacific railroad will traverse the county when
completed. The variety of soil, mild and
healthy-climate, advantageous natural position and
certain market for all farm products, and
remunerative wages for all kinds of labor are
inducements which immigrants should not overlook.
Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The
Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.