The history of Jackson County, Iowa
Forty-five years ago, Jackson County was a wilderness untrodden by the white settler. To-day, it abounds in cultivated fields, growing hamlets and prosperous cities. A generation back, it was an unorganized Territory. To-day it is a mature and well-governed commonwealth. Then it was poor and naked. To-day finds it rich in money, comfort and future prospects — clothed in all the graces of a new world's civilization.
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To the reader of his country's history it is scarcely necessary to recall the fact that the land now comprised in the county of Jackson was a part of the "Louisiana Purchase," and was transferred from France to the United States in 1803 in answer to the financial needs of the first Napoleon. Thus acquired, it became in turn a part of the "District of Louisiana," Territory of Louisiana in 1805, Territory of Missouri in 1812, Territory of Michigan in 1834, Territory of Wisconsin, July, 1836, and Territory of Iowa July 3, 1838.