Dogwood, Douglas County, Missouri

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The old flagstone store building at Dogwood, Missouri
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Dogwood, Missouri
Location of Dogwood, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°2′16″N92°49′52″W / 37.03778°N 92.83111°W / 37.03778; -92.83111 Coordinates: 37°2′16″N92°49′52″W / 37.03778°N 92.83111°W / 37.03778; -92.83111 [1]
CountryU. S. A.
State Missouri
County Douglas County
Elevation
512 m (1,680 ft)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)

Dogwood is an unincorporated community in northwestern Douglas County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Missouri Route 14, approximately 15.5 miles (24.9 km) northwest of Ava and 8.5 miles (13.7 km) southwest of Seymour. [2] [3] The old store building sits at the intersection of Route 14 with route BB and the Dogwood cemetery is 1,300 feet (400 m) to the west at the intersection of routes 14 and Z. [4]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Douglas County, Missouri County in the United States

Douglas County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,684. The county seat and only incorporated community is Ava. The county was officially organized on October 19, 1857, and is named after U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas (D-Illinois) and later Democratic presidential candidate.

Missouri State of the United States of America

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. Missouri is bordered by eight states : Iowa to the north, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee to the east, Arkansas to the south, and Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska to the west. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

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History

In 1879, a Civil War veteran built a log store building and home near a spring surrounded by dogwoods along the route of the SpringfieldRockbridge portion of the old Salt Road along which salt, lumber and other materials had long been transported between northern Arkansas and Springfield. [5] [6] A post office was established at Dogwood in 1880 and remained in service until 1909. [5] [7] A school was established in 1888 and a log school building was built north of the store in 1891 and was replaced by a frame building in 1910. [5] The school was 0.75 miles (1.21 km) north of the store. [8]

American Civil War Civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865

The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy). The most studied and written about episode in U.S. history, the Civil War began primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. War broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North, which also included some geographically western and southern states, proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery.

<i>Cornus florida</i> species of plant

Cornus florida, the flowering dogwood, is a species of flowering tree in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America and northern Mexico. An endemic population once spanned from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River. The tree is commonly planted as an ornamental in residential and public areas because of its showy bracts and interesting bark structure.

Springfield, Missouri City in Missouri, United States

Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498. As of 2018, the Census Bureau estimated its population at 168,122. It is the principal city of the Springfield metropolitan area, which has a population of 462,369 and includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster.

Dogwood cemetery just west of the old store Dogwood, Missouri Cemetery.JPG
Dogwood cemetery just west of the old store

In 1900, a missionary began holding church services in the school building. In 1905, a church building was erected and land was set aside for a cemetery. In 1932, due to widening and re-routing of Route 14, the church was moved to its current location north of the cemetery. In 1904, a second church was built north of the store and in 1931, a third church was built to the southeast on Route 14. [5]

Geography

Dogwood is located on a ridge at approximate elevation of 1,680 feet (510 m) on the edge of the Springfield Plateau with the steep valleys of the Beaver Creek valley to the east and the Swan Creek valley to the southwest. The Dogwood fire tower and state hunting area on Tigris Peak is 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the southeast. [4]

Beaver Creek (White River tributary) river in Missouri, United States of America

Beaver Creek is a stream in western Douglas and eastern Taney counties of Missouri. It is a tributary to the White River of northern Arkansas. The headwaters of Beaver Creek arise in northern Douglas County and extreme southeast Webster County northwest of Ava and southeast of Seymour. The stream flows south and southwest to join the White River southeast of Forsyth and south of Kissee Mills below the Lake Taneycomo powersite dam. The creek was named due to the presence of beaver dams on the creek.

Swan Creek is a stream in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. It is a tributary of the White River downstream from the Lake Taneycomo dam.

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References

  1. GNIS
  2. Ava, Missouri, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1985
  3. Mountain Grove, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1983
  4. 1 2 Dogwood, Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1985
  5. 1 2 3 4 Painter, M. E., History of the Dogwood Community, Douglas County Historical Society Journal, May 1994, pp.12-13
  6. Pioneer Rockbridge Road connected Springfield with Arkansas, Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine, July 1958, page 15
  7. Post Offices in Douglas County, MO
  8. Fordland, Missouri, 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1939