Linn County Missouri
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Is situated in the northwestern portion of the
State, and has an area of 650 square miles. The principal
portion of the land is rolling prairie, interspersed with
woodland. It is watered by upwards of twelve streams,
traversing the county from north to south, and emptying into
Grand River. The larger streams are Locust creek, West Fork
of Locust creek, Elk, Turkey, Yellow and Little Yellow
creeks, some which afford excellent water power. The soil of
the county is generally very fertile-principally prairie,
wit a good supply of woodland well distributed. All kinds of
grain, grasses, and fruit of this latitude produce well
here. The timber most abundant here is walnut, elm,
hackberry, oaks, ash, cherry, hickory, mulberry, sycamore,
linn, maple, birch and cottonwood. There is an abundance of
good building stone, and inexhaustible beds of coal
throughout the county. Principal towns, Linneus, Laclede,
Wyandotte, Brookfield, Franklin, St. Catharine, Thayer,
North Salem and Enterprise. Population in 1860, 8,555.
Unentered land in March, 1865, 1,480 acres.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Established: Jan. 6, 1837
County Seat: Linneus
Named After: Lewis F.
Linn, U.S. senator from Missouri.
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