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Established: Feb.14, 1845
Parent County: Benton and Polk County Seat:
Named After: President Andrew
Jackson, "Old Hickory"
Is situated near the center of the
southwest quarter of the State.
The land is generally fertile, undulating, and in
some places broken, with about an equal amount of
prairie and timberland. In this, as in most
other counties, the forests are growing up rapidly
since the Indians have been driven away, and the
annual fires kept out. But little attention
has been paid to the culture of grapes, hemp, flax,
or tobacco. An average crop of wheat is about
thirty bushels to the acre; corn, 100 oats, 30;
buckwheat 12 to 15; potatoes 50 to 60; turnips
300. Timothy, clover, and Hungarian grass do
well. There is excellent waterpower on the
Niangua and Pomme de Terre, unimproved. Lead and
iron have been found in various localities, but no
mines opened. There were, in March,
95,000 acres of government land in the county,
subject to entry at the Booneville Land Office.
The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The
Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton