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Is situated in the southwestern
part of the State, separated from the Kansas
line by Jasper and Newton, and from Arkansas by
The face of the country is undulating, and in
some sections broken, with prairie and timber
It is well watered by streams which have their
sources at large springs, and are peculiarly
clear and flow over gravel and rocky beds.
The valleys are fertile, well timbered, and
susceptible of the highest degree of
cultivation, while the high prairies, with their
broad acres of grass,
are unsurpassed for grazing. The mildness
of the climate, and bountiful supply of living
water, render this a desirable portion of the
State for stock growing and fruit
culture-especially the grape. The natural
advantages of the county are great, but like
many other counties in the State, there is here
a deplorable lack of energy manifest among the
leading men; consequently the various industrial
pursuits are not represented in a manner
corresponding with the advantageous location and
Lead and iron ore abound in the county.
There is also good water power for
manufactories. Population in 1860, 9,062.
(Source: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri
handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. )
Established: Feb. 14, 1845
Parent County: Barry and Dade
County Seat: Mt. Vernon
Named After: James Lawrence, naval hero of the
War of 1812.
The previous Lawrence County, est. in 1815 and
dissolved in 1818,
being divided into Wayne County, Madison County,
and later into others, including this one.