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Pike County Courthouse
Courthouse, 115 West
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Bowling Green Free Public Library
201 W Locust
Bowling Green, MO 63334
573- 324 -5030
Louisiana Public Library
121 N Third
Louisiana, MO 63353
573- 754- 4491
Established: Dec. 14, 1818
Parent County: St.
County Seat: Bowling Green
Named after: Zebulon M. Pike, explorer
Source: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri
handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton
Situated on the Mississippi river, is among the oldest counties in the
State, and was settled by persons from the Southern States. The face of
the country is undulating, and in many places near the river quite broken.
Originally one-third of the county was prairie land, the remainder well
covered with walnut, linn, hackberry, sugar tree, elm, ash and black and
white oak. There are numerous fresh water and saline springs in the
county. The county is very well watered. It is under laid with limestone,
sandstone, soapstone, and the Missouri buhr stone, is also found in some
localities. The soil and productions are much the same as those of Ralls
and Lincoln, which see for full descriptions. On the prairies the soil is
deep black loam, exceedingly fertile. That on the upland, especially on
the ridges, is thin and more particularly adapted to small grain and
fruit. Among the natural advantages may be named good soil for all kinds
of grain and grasses-most kinds of fruits and vegetables, a healthy
climate, good water, plenty of timber and coal in the western part of the
county. Easy access by river to good markets. Population in 1860, 18, 338.