Dave, I can’t believe you find this interesting! Potosi is hard by the town of Desoto, so that might tell you something. Potosi is also where Schoolcraft began a winter ramble that is now dim to me and incomplete (because it was a hard read at a certain point) that I think lasted for months and took him to Arkansas if I am not mistaken, in the 1820’s perhaps. It’s really the only report I know of from that time. I don’t think Audubon went into the Ozarks, but again I am under-read. Potosi is where the pine glades began and was the northern edge of a now vanished shortleaf pine forest, cut for ties, and I should know better what other purposes. Missouri has ghost mill towns that had the biggest mill, whorehouse etc of their time; Grandin; Leeper; Mill Valley; many others I’m sure. Desoto wasn’t looking for it, but Potosi isn’t far from what would later be found to be the world’s largest lead deposit. I’m woefully unversed on the Ozark’ cultural history. There were a sprinkling of writers active in what I think was a regionalist literary movement in the 40’s who considered the landscape and it’s habitue’s from the point of view of the urban sophisticate. A far southern native, Tom Woodrell is gaining success with his tales of the hills, in both historic and contemporary settings. I should really desist, but Potosi is once again in the news due to the artwork of one of i’s errant sons depictions of Ozark society. You might like it!

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