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Courthouse, 115 West Main
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Free Public Library
201 W Locust St
Bowling Green, MO 63334
573- 324 -5030
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.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162
Transcribed by Donna Walton
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.