Farmington, MO


FARMINGTON, The county seat of St. Francois county, on the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, 73 miles from St. Louis, and 153 miles from Jefferson City.  Was first settled by Hart and Murphy, and in the year 1851 a post office was established.  The chief products of the surrounding country are wheat, corn and oats.  The timber, hickory, oak, walnut, ash, &c.  The minerals, iron, lead, &c..  The average price of uncultivated lands $3.50 per acre, uncultivated $8.  There is one stage line, viz: Iron Mountain daily line.  It contains three churches, viz: one Presbyterian, one Methodist and one Christian, the Farmington Institute, one Masonic Lodge, Farmington Lodge, No. 132, one I.O.O.F., St. Francois Lodge, No. 48, one plow factory, two carding machines, one brewery, one drug store, nine general stores, one gunsmith, one livery stable, one lumber yard, two steam flouring mills, two groceries, one saddlery and tannery, two hotels, two steam saw mills, and one seminary.  Population 450. (The Missouri State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1860)

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