|Around 1790, the first pioneers of Knox County settled the land along a winding river which the Indians called Owl Creek. They cleared away heavy timber, erected log houses, and plowed a few acres to plant grains and corn. Some early settlers, drawn by new economic opportunities further west, sold their cleared plots to newcomers, who added fencing and expanded the fields to create established farmsteads. Farmers often built on an original log structure to complete a finished house, which became the family homeplace, passed on through the generations. Before choosing a plot of land to clear and build a home on, the settlers would look at several wilderness sights or partially cleared farms. After choosing a plot the pioneer would bargain for the land and then begin the long process of land clearing.