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The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook,
St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton
Is situated in the
southwestern part of the State, in the great bend,
where the Missouri river changes from its southern
to easterly course. This county forms the southern
point of the Platte Purchase . The surface of the
country is diversified with forests of valuable
timber and undulating prairies, the soil of which
is unsurpassed in fertility, and is generally well
cultivated. The county is well watered by the
Platte river, Brush, Rush and Bee creeks and their
tributaries. In 1850 this county produced more
hemp than any other county in the Union, more
wheat and better than any other in Missouri, and
was surpassed in the amount of corn raised by but
one county. One farmer last season raised $1,600
worth of corn from 20 acres, besides feeding all
his farm stock. A farmer extensively engaged in
raising hemp informs us his average crop is 1120
lbs of Chinese hemp to the acre, and that he can
raise hemp on his land twelve or fifteen years in
succession without manure or rest. For particulars
as to hemp culture, and statistics of this county,
see " Missouri As It Is" pages 357 to 360.
Population in 1860, 18,495.