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Is situated on the right bank of the Missouri river,
and separated from the Kansas line by Jackson county. The general
character of the land is level or gently undulating-in some
portions somewhat broken or rough. By passing over the country
between Marshal and Lexington, the traveler sees some as fine
country as there is in Missouri. The soil throughout the county is
generally very productive, and well adapted to all the purposes of
the farmers who have produced to the acres, tobacco 800 pounds;
corn 100 bushels; wheat, 25 bushels; timothy, 2 tons; Hungarian
grass, 3 tons, and fruit and vegetables in proportion. As high as
2200 pounds of hemp have been produced per acre. On the 18th of
February 45 bales of choice hemp were sold in St. Louis, for the
handsome price of $190 per ton. The hemp was grown by Mr. Fristow
of the county. Farmers will see at a glance that this county is
very well adapted to all the purposes of agriculture. The class of
people most needed are qualified school teachers, practical
farmers and mechanics, who have capital in improve land or
establish manufactories; also carpenters, plasterers and masons.
They will find here good schools and churches, good society,
fertile farming land, healthy climate, wood and stone coal
abundant, springs and rapid streams of water, etc. Principal
towns, Lexington, Waverly, Middletown, Wellington, Dover, Chapel
Hill, etc. Population in 1860, 13763.
(The Source is: P.M.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Established: Nov. 16, 1820
County Seat: Lexington
Named After: Marquis de La
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