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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, AND SURROUNDINGS • 1889


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(previous page) may be called THE GREENE COUNTY BELT, within which is found the proper accompanying rocks indicating a reliable formation for extensive operations. In proof of this, the mines at Pearson Creek, Sparta, Ash Grove and Strafford have all been and are now worked with profit, only needing the same thorough work to give results equal to the best mines in the State. Further out, but within commercial range of Springfield, are the rich districts of the “Sugar Loaf” section, of Boone County, Ark., where a company of well known Springfield capitalists are operating with remarkable results. Rich developments are being made at other points within the region outlined, and it is safe to say, that the influence of lead and zinc mining within this district will influence the growth of the city in a wonderful degree. That NATURAL GAS will play an important part in the industrial developments of this inviting region, is confidently believed by experts familiar with the development of this subtle element in Yew York, Ohio, Indiana, Ft. Smith, Paola and other gas districts. A well known expert, and the head of a prominent northern bank, who recently visited this region is so confident of finding gas in large volume at Springfield, that he offers to share the expense of thorough explorations with one or (next page)

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