Audrain is a rural county located in north central Missouri in the middle of the United States. Covering an area of 692 square miles, or 440,000 acres, its land is on the divide between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Organized in 1836, it was once mostly prairie. Today it is widely known for its farms and firebrick.
Audrain is a third class county governed by a county commission. Its population is 23,599 (1990 census), with an assessed evaluation of $221,874,192. It is a part of Missouri's 12th Judicial Circuit and is in the 9th U.S. Congressional District.
The county seat of Audrain is the City of Mexico. The largest and oldest city in the county, Mexico has a population of 11,170. Other municipalities include Vandalia, Laddonia, Farber, Martinsburg, Benton City, Rush Hill and Vandiver Village.
With its rich, fertile land, Audrain is one of Missouri's leading agricultural counties. Its main crops are soybeans, corn, grain sorghum and wheat. Once a national center for saddle horses and mules, it now produces mainly hogs and cattle.
Of major importance to the county is the refractoriness' industry. Known as the "Firebrick Center of the World," Audrain commands international attention in this field, with four firebrick companies employing 1,200 workers. In addition, the county claims several small manufacturing firms and service industries, along with many small businesses. Residents enjoy an economic climate marked by variety and progress.
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