|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
discovery of gold gave a great impetus to overland emigration to that State. Most of the
emigrants from the eastern States came by boats to Kansas City, St. Joseph, and
Leavenworth, and there procured an out-fit for the journey across the plains. Horses and
oxen were necessary to draw their trains, and the demand for them became very active.
Large herds of cattle were formed and driven to the Golden State. The people of our County
were largely benefited by this increased demand for their products. Many citizens joined
the tide of fortune-hunters that flowed to the Golden State; but very few realized the
fond hope of acquiring a fortune.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers