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Established: Feb. 28, 1845
Parent County: Adair and Sullivan
County Seat: Unionville
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 county.
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 ]