The St. Louis directory and register :
Notes on St. Louis.
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``The Missiouri Fur Company'' was formed by se-
veral gentlemen of St. Louis, in 1819, for the purpose
of trading on the Missouri river and its waters. The
principal establishment of the Company is at Council
Bluffs, yet they have several others of minor conse-
quence several hundred miles above,—and it is ex-
pected that the establishment will be extended shortly
up as high as the Mandan villages. The actual capi-
tal invested in the trade is supposed to amount at this
time, to about $70,000. They have in their employ
exclusive of their partners on the river, 25 clerks and
interpreters, and 70 labouring men.

It is estimated that the annual value of the Indian
trade of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, is $600-
000. The annual amount of imports to this town is stated at upwards of $2,000,000.—The commerce by water, is carried on by a great number of Steam
Boats, Barges, and Keel Boats:—These centre here
after performing the greatest inland voyages, known
in the world. The principal articles of trade are
fur, peltry, and lead. The agricultural productions
are Indian corn, wheat, rye, barley, oats, buck-
wheat, tobacco, and other articles common to the
western country.—Excellent mill stones are found
and made in this country; stone coal is abundant,
and salt petre, & common salt, have been made with-
in a few miles. Within 3 or 4 miles are several
springs of good water, and 7 miles SW.southwest is a Sulphur
Spring. In the vicinity are 2 natural caverns, in
line-stone rocks; 2 miles above town at ``North St.
Louis,'' is a Steam-saw mill; and several com-
mon mills are of the neighbouring streams. The
roads leading from St. Louis are very good, and it is
expected that the Great National Turnpike, leading
from Washington, will strike this place, as the Com-
missioners for the United States have reported in fa-
vor of it.

The American bottom is a very beautiful, rich and
extensive tract on the east side of the Mississippi ex-
tending from the Kaskaskia to within five miles of