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Pike County Courthouse
Courthouse, 115 West Main
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Phone: 573-324-2412

Bowling Green Free Public Library
201 W Locust St
Bowling Green, MO 63334
573- 324 -5030

Louisiana Public Library
121 N Third St
Louisiana, MO 63353
573- 754- 4491

Established:  Dec. 14, 1818
Parent County: St. Charles
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. 







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