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The Osage River is a tributary of the Missouri River, 360 mi (579 km) long, in central Missouri in the United States. The largest river entirely in Missouri, it drains a rural area of 15,300 sq mi (39,600 km²) on the north edge of the Ozark Mountains west to east across Missouri, with its watershed stretching into eastern Kansas. It is impounded in two major locations such that most of the river has been converted into a chain of two reservoirs, the Harry S. Truman Reservoir and the Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... State nickname: The Show Me State Official languages English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 1. ... This article is about the Ozark Plateau. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Official languages None Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators Sam Brownback (R) Pat Roberts (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 15th 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² 0. ... The Lake of the Ozarks is a large man-made reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in central the Missouri Ozarks. ...

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The Osage is formed in southwestern Missouri, approximately 20 mi (30 km) northwest of Nevada on the Bates-Vernon county line, by the confluence of the Marais des Cygnes and Little Osage rivers (The Marais des Cygnes is sometimes counted as part of the river, placing its headwaters in eastern Kansas and bringing its total length to over 500 mi (800 km)). The combined stream flows east past the Schnell-Osage Wildlife Area into St. Clair County, widening into a long meandering arm of the Harry S. Truman Reservoir, approximately 40 mi (60 km) long. The lake receives the South Grand River, formerly a tributary of the Osage, as a second arm of the reservoir from the northwest. The two arms of the reservoir join near the Harry S. Truman Dam in central Benton County. Nevada is a city located in Vernon County, Missouri. ... Bates County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Vernon County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... The Marais des Cygnes River (muhr-ee duh SEEN) is a principal tributary of the Osage River, about 140 mi (225 km) long, in eastern Kansas and western Missouri in the United States. ... The Little Osage River is a tributary of the Osage River in eastern Kansas and western Missouri in the United States. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Official languages None Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators Sam Brownback (R) Pat Roberts (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 15th 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² 0. ... St. ... The word meander has a number of senses. ... Benton County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ...


Downstream from the Truman Dam, the river becomes the serpentine Lake of the Ozarks, streching eastward for nearly 92 mi (163 km) to Bagnell Dam in Camden County and southwestern Miller County, which was constructed in 1931. Downstream from the dam it flows freely to the northeast in broad oxbow meanders through forested bluffs, joining the Missouri approximately 15 mi (25 km) east and downstream of Jefferson City. The Lake of the Ozarks is a large man-made reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in central the Missouri Ozarks. ... Bagnell Dam impounds the Osage River in Missouri, creating the Lake of the Ozarks. ... Miller County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The capitol building on a sunny day. ...


History

The river is named for the Osage Nation, the indigenous people in area at the time of the arrival of the first European settlers. It presented significant navigation difficulties for early settlers because of its fluctuating water levels, as well as the presence of shallow pools and sand bars caused by its tight meandering course through the hills. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A satellite composite image of Europe // Etymology Picture of Europa, carried away by bull-shaped Zeus. ... In geography, a bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ...


The Missouri Legislature attempted as early as 1839 to deepen the channel of the river. Early attempts failed because of lack of funding for the immense task. Commercial navigation on the river in the 19th century was confined mostly to smaller craft that could navigate the tight bends and shoals of the river. Improvements in the channel by the last two decades of the century led to greater commercial traffic. The construction of the Bagnell Dam, primarily for hydroelectricity, commenced in 1922 and was completed after nine years, effectively ending commercial navigation on the river. The Truman Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1954 and completed in 1979. 1839 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hydroelectricity is a form of hydropower used to produce electricity. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... There are multiple laws known as the Flood Control Act: Flood Control Act of 1917 Flood Control Act of 1928, passed in the wake of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 Flood Control Act of 1936 Flood Control Act of 1937 Flood Control Act of 1938 Flood Control Act of... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...


The two dams on the river currently provide power for the St. Louis metropolitan areas. The reservoirs are popular tourist destinations in the region. The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ...


See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Missouri: Black River Blackwater River Blue River Bourbeuse River Castor River Chariton River Cuivre River Current River Des Moines River Eleven Point River Fabius River Fox River Gasconade River Grand River Horse River Lamine River Little River Little...

External links

  • Navigating the Osage River in Missouri: 1839-1926

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Osage River, Missouri (6608 words)
The river's channel is crooked and its flow of water is extremely uneven, comprising a series of pools and shallow shoals, but mid-nineteenth century settlers were determined to overcome these navigational obstacles and to develop its potential as an artery of transportation.
Distraught citizens in the Osage River valley held a convention in Warsaw on September 9, 1843 in response to the failure of the House to pass the appropriation bill.
Commerce on the Osage River is likely to remain confined to history books and local museums, but if economic conditions present a compelling need for a revival of commercial navigation, the Corps of Engineers and Union Electric would be required to provide the means for boats to pass over or around Bagnell Dam.
Missouri Vacation Playground - Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is the premier vacation spot in the Midwest offering golf, ... (747 words)
Strongly populated by the Osage Indian tribes, settlers began migrating to the area in the early 1800’s.
Small river barges would make their way up the Osage River with supplies and goods, offload them at various landings and reload the barges with valuable resources from the Ozarks and transport them back to the populated areas of the state of Missouri.
The river was still a great place for the sportsman and the men that used it to make a living.
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