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Established: Feb. 24,
Parent County: Camden, Pulaski and Wright
Named After: Pierre Laclede, founder of St. Louis,
Is situated in the south central part
of the State, was formed in 1849, from a portion of Pulaski, and named in
honor of Pierre Laclede Liguest, the founder of St. Louis. The
county is situated upon the high table lands of the Ozark range, and
presents a variety of surface, from the level or moderately undulating
prairie, to rugged hills and miniature mountains. In the vicinity of
Big Niangua, Gasconade, and Osage Fork, the hills range from 155 to 500
feet in height, separated from each other by deep and narrow valleys.
The soil of the upland is various; the light and gravelly port ions
are well adapted to fruit culture, and particularly favorable for grapes;
while in the post-oak flats, the subsoil of clay comes nearer the surface.
For many purposes this soil is superior to the alluvial, and has
produced as high as 55 bushels of wheat to the acre, from 800 to 1200
pounds of tobacco and most excellent timothy and grasses. There are
in the county probably 100,000 acres of rich alluvial bottomland, much of
which is under a good state of cultivation. Both iron and lead are
found in the county. There are 190,000 acres of Government land
subject to entry. Popula tion in 1860, 4,861. [Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis,
Cities and Towns
Springs * Competition * Conway * Eldridge * Evergreen * Falcon *
Lebanon * Lynchburg * Morgan * Phillipsburg * Richland *
Sleeper * Stoutland