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DISTANT MARKETS FOR PRODUCE

First settlers in Clay County, Illinois, found themselves so far inland that they were handicapped in getting their produce to a market. They solved the difficulty by building flatboats on the Little Wabash River, in the 1820's and floating their bags of grain and barrels of pickled meat down the Ohio and the Mississippi to markets as far away as New Orleans.

Extracted 25 Oct 2019 by Norma Hass from Pioneer Days in Illinois, compiled by the Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois, published in 1940, page 38.


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