Three Hill Creek

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Three Hill Creek is a stream in St. Francois and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. [1] It is a tributary of Big River. [2]

Stream A body of surface water flowing down a channel

A stream is a body of water with surface water flowing within the bed and banks of a channel. The stream encompasses surface and groundwater fluxes that respond to geological, geomorphological, hydrological and biotic controls.

St. Francois County, Missouri U.S. county in Missouri

St. Francois County is a county located in the Lead Belt region in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 65,359. The largest city and county seat is Farmington. The county was officially organized on December 19, 1821. It was named after the St. Francis River. The origin of the river's name is unclear. It might refer to St. Francis of Assisi. Another possibility is that Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit who explored the region in 1673, named the river for the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier. Marquette had spent some time at the mission of St. Francois Xavier before his voyage and, as a Jesuit, was unlikely to have given the river a name honoring the Franciscans.

Washington County, Missouri U.S. county in Missouri

Washington County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,195. The county seat and largest city is Potosi. The county was officially organized on August 21, 1813, and was named in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

The stream headwaters arise in Washington County at 37°54′35″N90°39′20″W / 37.90972°N 90.65556°W / 37.90972; -90.65556 with an elevation of 960 feet. [3] The stream flows to the north-northeast crossing into St. Francois County and under Missouri Route 47 roughly two miles north of the source. The stream confluence with Big River is five miles northwest of Bonne Terre [2] at 37°59′17″N90°36′34″W / 37.98806°N 90.60944°W / 37.98806; -90.60944 Coordinates: 37°59′17″N90°36′34″W / 37.98806°N 90.60944°W / 37.98806; -90.60944 and an elevation of 594 feet. [1]

Route 47 is a highway in eastern Missouri. Its northern terminus is at Route 79 near Winfield; its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 67 in Bonne Terre.

Confluence Meeting of two or more bodies of flowing water

In geography, a confluence occurs where two or more flowing bodies of water join together to form a single channel. A confluence can occur in several configurations: at the point where a tributary joins a larger river ; or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name ; or where two separated channels of a river rejoin at the downstream end.

Bonne Terre, Missouri City in Missouri, United States

Bonne Terre is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,864 at the 2010 census.

Three Hill Creek was so named on account of three hills near its headwaters. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Three Hill Creek
  2. 1 2 Bonne Terre, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1958 (1982 rev.)
  3. Mineral Point, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1958 (1982 rev.)
  4. "St. Francois County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.