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Is one of the six that compose the “Platte Purchase” the
northwestern corner of the State. The first permanent settlements were
made here in 1836. The general character of the surface is undulating or
“rolling”, with about an equal division of prairie and timber; every
portion well watered. The Missouri bottom varies width from three to ten
miles, and is exceedingly fertile being an alluvial formation, and the
soil in some places is twenty-three feet deep. The prairies are also
exceedingly fertile. There has been produced, several years succession, of
corn, 125 bushels to the acre; hemp, *** pounds; oats, 40 bushels, etc. In
the season of **** there were 1900 bales of hemp shipped from Fo*** City.
Hemp is the most profitable, as well as the m*** certain crops, and the
farmers seem inclined to devote their farms to the culture of hemp and
tobacco, and the raising of stock, all of which will be immensely
profitable. The inhabitants are generally intelligent, industrious, and
contented. Industrious, skilful farmers, coopers, wagon-makers,
carpenters, and merchants are needed. Saddlers will find here on of the
best openings in the State. Teachers who are well qualified and wish to
enter the field in earnest, will here find an ample scope for labor, and
abundance of capital, and willing heats and hands to aid
The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri
handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna
Big Lake, Bigelow, Corning,
Craig, Forbes, Forest City, Fortescue, Maitland, Mound City, New Point,