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Calhoun Countys earliest industry was lumbering and it remained its primary industry for the first 50 years of the countys existence.
It was said that nearly everyone in the county was involved in the trade in one form or another, either buying, selling, cutting, or boating staves or cordwood, or getting out and rafting logs.
Calhoun County is also located at the tip of the peninsula formed by the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and is almost completely surrounded by water.
Often referred to as the Kingdom, Calhoun County is sparsely populated with only 5 incorporated towns.
D.) that have been located in different parts of the county.
The first permanent European settler was a French trapper named ONeal who settled in Point Precinct (the southern tip of Calhoun County) in 1801 and lived in a cave until his death in 1842.As it was with all communities along the Mississippi River steamboats were essential to Calhoun County in its early years.The first record of a steamboat visiting Calhoun County is when the Utility stopped at Twichells Landing in 1831.Calhoun is a favorite destination for people looking for a day trip and get away from the hustle and bustle of urban environments.The lack of easy transportation into Calhoun County has meant that the county has always been sparsely populated allowing it to retain the feeling of a small but active agricultural community of the late 19th and early 20th century and has allowed four ferries to prosper.Human habitation of Calhoun County dates back as far as the Early Archaic era (6400 3900 B. E.) and many have termed the area the "Nile of North America." Kampsville is centered in the heart of this remarkable archeological region and the archeologists and students of the Center for American Archeology spend their summers conducting digs and fieldwork.There are also many mounds dating from the Middle Woodland era (800 1200 A.Join us on April 21, 2018 for LCFS’ “Be the Change” fundraising event.It is an inspiring one-hour free breakfast where guests hear first hand how people everyday are transforming their lives with the help of LCFS. Southern Thirty Adolescent Center (an emergency shelter for youth in Mt.Farms and orchards were the other important means of income at the time.By 1875 orchards had grown to become a very important part of the financial community.