Herds of Texas cattle were driven to New Orleans, California and Missouri -- and occasionally to Quincy before the Civil War. The cattle drives from Texas to Quincy via the northern branch of the Shawnee Trail ended by 1860 when the Civil War began.
It was, as a writer described its appearance before 1850, "a pathless sea of grass ... a few small farms in the edges of the timber ... no improvement visible in any direction."
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Quincy was a major manufacturing center of many industrial products.
The early German immigrants to Quincy and Adams County faced a long and arduous trip. Not only did the trip across the Atlantic present perils, but the usual trip up the Mississippi from New Orleans had its own dangers. In the 1830s, when these trips were
Few young Midwestern girls in the early 1850s had the advantage of advanced education. Almira Jane Williams, born in Quincy on Feb. 23, 1838, was one of the fortunate adolescent females able to pursue further education.
Although widely thought of as a social service organization, the Salvation Army is a Christian church.