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County History

The County was organized in 1841.
Named after Silas Wright, Congressman, U.S. Senator and Governor of New York.
The County Seat is Hartville.

Cities & Towns:
Graff, Grove Springs, Hartville, Macomb, Manes, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Norwood

Situated in the southwestern part of the State, upon the high table lands of the Ozark range, this county presents a great variety of surfaces, from the level or moderately undulating prairie to the rugged hills and miniature mountains.  The soil in the valleys and here and there on the uplands is fertile and produces very satisfactory crops.  Farmers have raised good crops of hemp-say 1200 pounds to the acre; tobacco 1200; corn 75 bushels, and other grains, grasses and vegetables in proportion. The gravelly portions of the upland are well adapted to fruit culture, and particularly favorable for grapes.  Stock raising will always pay well.  Lead ore has been found at numerous localities in the county, but no mines opened that have been reported.  Population in 1860, 4,508. 

The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton



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