Cole, a central county of Missouri, bounded N. E. by the Missouri river, S. E. by the Osage, which joins the Missouri at the E. extremity of the county,' and drained by Moreau creek; area, 410 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 10,292, of whom 1,251 were colored. It has an undulating surface, and a generally fertile soil, though in some places the land is too rocky for cultivation. Timber, limestone, and buhr-stone are abundant. The Pacific railroad of Missouri passes through it. The chief productions in 1870 were 115,299 bushels of wheat, 165,550 of Indian corn, 60,668 of oats, 24,599 of potatoes, and 2,798 tons of hay. There were 1,570 horses, 1,520 milch cows, 2,496 other cattle, 4,701 sheep, and 8,402 swine; 2 manufactories of boots and shoes, 1 of carriages and wagons, 1 of furniture, 1 of saddlery and harness, 3 flour mills, 2 saw mills, and 3 breweries. Capital, Jefferson City, which is also the capital of the state.
Coles, a S. E. county of Illinois, intersected by Embarras river; area, 550 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 25,235. The surface is diversified by forests and prairies; the soil is fertile. The Indianapolis and St. Louis railroad and the Chicago division of the Illinois Central pass through it. The chief productions in 1870 were 157,136 bushels of wheat, 2,133,111 of Indian corn, 315,954 of oats, 161,925 of potatoes, 22,371 tons of hay, 260,409 lbs. of butter, 59,017 of wool, and 50,102 gallons of sorghum molasses. There were 9,397 horses, 5,448 milch cows, 11,364 other cattle, 20,546 sheep, and 33,619 swine; 8 flour mills, 10 saw mills, 1 brewery, 2 manufactories of boots and shoes, 1 of agricultural implements, 1 of bricks, 17 of carriages and wagons, 3 of furniture, 1 of iron castings, 4 of marble and stone work, 7 of sad-lery and harness, 5 of tin, copper, and sheet-iron ware, 2 of tobacco and snuff, and 2 of woollen goods. Capital, Charleston.