WARSAW   The county seat of Benton county, Lindsey township, situated on the Osage river, 200 miles from St. Louis, and 80 miles from Jefferson City. It was first settled by D. C. Ballou. The post office has been established 22 years. There is a daily mail to Tipton, 53 males, one to Springfield, 80 miles, and two overland mails to San Francisco, Cal., each week. The town contains two churches, one Presbyterian and one Baptist, a weekly newspaper, the “South-West Democrat,” is published by Messrs. Murray & Leach; a branch of the Mechanics Bank is also located here, capital $125,000; the Masons have one Lodge, viz: Land Mark Lodge, No. 64, and the Covenant Lodge, No. 7, I. O. O. F. There are three schools, one public and two private. The business of the city consists of six attorneys, two blacksmiths, two booksellers, one boot manufacturer, two brick yards, two cabinet makers, one carding machine, six carpenters, three wagon makers, three forwarding and commission merchants, two coopers, one drug store, two fancy goods stores, one flouring mill, five general stores, two harness makers, one tanner, three hotels, two livery stables, two painters, two physicians, two saw mills, three real estate dealers, two tin ware and stove stores, two cigar dealers, one jeweler, &c.  There is also a United States Land office, M.L. Means, Registrar, N.B. Holden, Receiver.  The chief minerals are leas, iron and coal.  Timber, oak, hickory, ash, walnut and maple.  Uncultivated land is worth $3 per acre, and cultivated $6.  Population 1,200.   (Missouri State Gazetteer..., 1860)

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