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county was organized January 2, 1833.
It was named after the American
Revolutionary War, General Nathanael Greene.
Springfield is the County
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
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
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
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.