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Parent County: Adair and Sullivan
Named After: Israel Putnam, a French and Indian War hero and
a general in the American Revolutionary War.
Is situated in the north central part of the
State, bounded on the north by the Iowa State line. The eastern portion of
the county is principally timber, while the central and western is prairie
and timber diversified. The county is drained by the Medicine, Locust, the
two Blackbirds, Muscle Fork and Spring creek. The soil is very fertile and
well adapted to all farming purposes. Corn is the staple product, but all
kinds of grain flourishes. Stock growing has received considerable
attention. Coal of good quality is abundant in various portions of the
There are 18 saw mills (five water and 13 steam power), and
three steam flouring mills in the county.
Excellent openings for every
branch of industry. Population in 1860, 9,240.
[The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri
handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton