Hi Kennett Square, PA.
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#1 Apr 19, 2008
Hi! From Kennett, Missouri.
#2 Jul 17, 2008
Hi, I am from Kennett, MO too.......
#3 Jul 17, 2008
hi - i am from the wonderful Kennett Square in PA
#4 Jul 17, 2008
Are you all a big town!?
Since: Aug 08
#5 Aug 1, 2008
It is the mushroom capital of the world!
#6 Aug 1, 2008
We grow cotton, corn, peaches, watermelons, all kinds of stuff. This is our story, It was on a news channel one night.........
Swamps to Timber, Railroads,
Residents and Fertile Farm Land.
The Beginnings- Chilletecaux, Butler, Kennett
Kennett was an indian village long before the
county was settled, and as the Indians thought
it a desirable centralizing point, so did the early
settlers. They located and built small log cabins
near its present site, until the pioneers dignified
it by calling it Chilletecaux - for a Delaware
Indian chief living here at the time.
In 1845, Dunklin County was organized and
Chilletecaux was chosen as the county seat.
Later the town's name was changed to Butler,
as citizens thought Chilletecaux too long and hard
a name for the county seat. Butler proved
unsatisfactory also, as mail for Butler town and
Butler County were continually getting mix, causing
delays and annoyance. In 1851, it was renamed
Kennett for St. Louis Mayor L. M. Kennett.
Trappers to Timbermen to Township
Early settlers, hunters and trappers, found the flat,
alluvial plain abundant with timber - tupelo gum,
bald cypress, sycamore, oak, elm, hickory, ash and
cottonwood. They were followed by others who came
to harvest the forest.
Kennett grew as a trade and legal center - and a
noted cotton, soybean and livestock farming area.
The first circuit court met in 1846, in a 10' x 12'
round pole hut, scarcely high enough for them to
stand in. Jurors A. D. Bridges and Holtzhouser helped
lay the "puncheon" slab floor. H. H. Bedford, one of
the lawyers in attendance, assisted in lining the wall
with coarse cotton fabric to protect the lawyers'
papers from the wind which whistled through the
openings between the poles. Slabs with peg legs
were the only seats, except for a few chairs borrowed
from citizens. The shelter also served as the first school
and church. By 1847, a 40' square, one and one half story courthouse of hewn gum logs replaced the pole hut.
Independent State of Dunklin
During the Civil War in 1862, Dunklin County adopted a resolution to secede from the Union. It became known as the "Independent State of Dunklin." Union troops occupied Kennett briefly in1863, and guerilla raiders roamed the area constantly.
Kennett was growlingly steadily and had good prospects when the war broke out. This left it, as it did the remainder of the country, in a very deplorable condition; business had been suspended and a heap of ashes marked the remains of what had once been the courthouse. In short, the town had been destroyed and had to be rebuilt.
Recovery began with the coming of the Little River Valley and Arkansas Rail Road (Cotton Belt) to Kennett in 1892. In 1893, Kennett boasted of newly-built brick shops on the south side of the downtown square, four attractive churches and a $9,000 public school building with over 400 students enrolled.
Swamps to Farms
#7 Aug 1, 2008
That same year effective land reclamation began when the state organized county drainage districts and levees on the St. Francis River. Bottomland forests were cleared and a massive grid of north-south canals were constructed to drain the swamps. Today drainage of 300,000 of Dunklin's 347,524 acres, makes Little River Drainage District, the largest drainage system in the US. Drainage Districts.
The Little River Drainage District's nearly 1,000 miles of canals and over 300 miles of levees turned southeast Missouri swamps into fertile farms of soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, and cotton. The conversion was almost total. Fragments of swamp and bottomland forest are preserved in Dunklin County, including Ben Cash Memorial State Wildlife Area at Kennett; Hornersville Swamp State Wildlife Area and Warbler Woods State Natural Area at Hornersville; Cochran's Opening at Cardwell; Taylor's Slough and Kinamore Slough near New Madrid. These remaining cypress-tupelo swamps, open marsh, flooded timber and row crops all add to the ability to attract waterfowl.
The rich Dunklin County soil makes it the state's top cotton producer - and ranks it 10th nationally in the number of cotton bales harvested. It also produces more watermelon and cantaloupe than any other Missouri county.
Dunklin County Facts:
Dunklin County was organized February 14, 1845, from that portion of Stoddard County south of the parallel of 36 30". In 1853 a strip nine miles wide was added to this territory on the north. The county was named in honor of Daniel Dunklin, Governor of Missouri from 1832 to 1836.
The county, nearly fifty miles long, embraces an area of 540 square miles. It is the shape of the letter R -- 11 miles wide at its northern extremity, five miles near the middle and 22 miles along its southern boundary.
#8 Aug 1, 2008
Well that didn't work....Thats only a little part..LOL oh well. I was trying to give you some info on our town......
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