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Established: Feb.14, 1845
Parent County: Benton
and Polk County Seat: Hermitage
Named After: President
Andrew Jackson, "Old Hickory"
Is situated near the center of the southwest quarter of the
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