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Washington Township....

Washington Township was formed in 1873 by taking the south thirty sections from Taylor Township in T28N and R20W. It lies in the southeast corner of the county. It is bordered by Christian County on the south, Clay Township on the west, Taylor Township on the north, and Webster County on the west. There are no major towns located in the Washington Township but mention should be made of two early communities, Cody and Palmetto. The former is located at the junction of Hwy. 60 and State Hwy. 125, and was named for Buffalo Bill Cody who is reported to have once slept in the town. A store marks the village site. The latter, Palmetto, was once thriving community but only the cemetery remains today. It was named by South Carolina founders who brought starts of the palmetto plant when they came west. It is located between State Hwy. 125 and County Road D from the first road south of Hwy. 125.

Earliest settlers include James Thompson, John Gwin, 1836; Robert Beattie, 1837; and R.D. Dillard, 1849.

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