Pike County located north of St.Louis on Hwy 79 had once been called "Land of the Golden Hills" by the French Explorers. The eastern region is bridgedominated by the Lincoln Hills, an area that resembles the rugged and forested hills of theDowntown Louisiana ozarks. Louisiana and Clarksville were the first towns to be established in 1816 after the war of 1812. Clarksville was the first major river port north of St. Louis, being settled by primarily settlers from Kentuck, Tennessee and Virginia. Louisiana was settled around the area south of where the Salt River dumps in to the Mississippi River and north of Noix Creek. As populations grew the western part of Pike County in the Bowling Green area began springing up with farms and other industry. Throughout Pike County structures sometimes show one the history in a glance from the time before the Civil War through today.


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