Mexico, MO


MEXICO, The county seat of Audrain county, is situated on the line of the North Missouri Railroad, 108 miles from St. Louis, and 50 from Jefferson City.  The town was first settled in the year 1836.  Up to the year 1857 its growth was very slow, but since the opening of the railroad, it has increased rapidly in importance and population.  A large extent of fine farming country, which is being rapidly brought under cultivation, is tributary to the town, making it an excellent point for trade.  The manufacturing business is extensively carried on here, especially in agricultural implements.  The town contains five churches, two public schools, one female school, a Masonic lodge, viz.: Mexico, No. 26, and a Chapter No. 27, one Odd Fellows' Lodge, viz.: Mexico, No.99, also the Star Prairie Lodge, Good Templars, No. 182.  The business of the town is prospering, and the citizens noted for their industry and enterprise.  Population 1,200.  (The Missouri State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1860)

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