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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.
(Source: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Established: Jan. 6, 1837
Parent County: Chariton
County Seat: Linneus
Named After: Lewis F. Linn, U.S. senator from Missouri.
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