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Named after Sgt. William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero.
County seat is Carthage.
Situated in the southwest corner of the
State, is bounded on the west by Kansas State line, and separated from
Arkansas by Newton and McDonald counties. The surface of the country is
gently undulating, with about two-thirds prairie, and the remainder timber
land. The prairies are very fertile, interspersed with streams of pure
running water, the courses of which are skirted with timber. The southern
part of the county is underlaid with mountain limestone, containing
numerous and extensive deposits of lead and zinc. As an agricultural
region, this stands high - all kinds of grain, grasses, fruit and
vegetable yield good crops. The heavy yield of grasses, abundance of
clear, cold spring branches, and the mild climate, renders this well
adapted for stock growing. Manufacturers and capitalists will find on
Spring River alone, at least fifty sites, furnishing good water power,
unimproved. Good openings for all kinds of mechanics. There is an oil
spring in township 84, range 28.
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