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Damselfly Island August 1, 2012

Filed under: Concreek,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 12:49 pm

Damsel, Missouri related:

Grandglaize Creek is a creek and tributary to the Osage River that forms the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The creek flows for 10 miles (16 km) before reaching the Lake of the Ozarks, and the Grand Glaize Arm extends another 15 miles (24 km) before reaching the Osage River within the lake.[1]

The creek as recognized by the Geographic Names Information System is spelled as one word. However it is widely spelled as two words Grand Glaize. It should not be confused with the Grand Glaize Creek which is a tributary to the Meramec River in St. Louis County, Missouri.

The creek is formed by the confluence of Dry Auglaize Creek and Wet Glaize Creek near Brumley, Missouri near Toronto, Missouri in Camden County, Missouri. From there it flows north through Miller County, Missouri,

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources the lowest flow that could be expected in a 10 day period is 16 cubic feet (0.45 m3) a second [2] The creek becomes part of the Lake of the Ozarks at the extreme southeast corner of Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
Main article: Grand Glaize Bridge

When Bagnell Dam was built to impounded the Osage River, it also impounded the creek which had previously flowed into the river. The Grand Glaize Bridge carried U.S. Highway 54 over what is now the Grand Glaize arm of the lake. The bridge was known as the “Upside-Down Bridge” because the supporting structure was built below the deck to allow for an unobstructed view of the lake. …

Besides the Lake of the Ozarks creek and the creek near St. Louis there is also an Auglaize River in Michigan/Ohio. Grand Glaize on the Auglaize River near Fort Defiance, Ohio is thought to be the birthplace of Chief Pontiac.


Significance? The Gran Glaize flow in Missouri is formed from the confluence of Dry Auglaize and Wet Glaize Creeks near Toronto, which in turn is near Montreal. Dry and Wet could refer to the two conditions of Concreek encountered in May-July so far, or the wet and dry conditions of the creek itself. Damsel near the old mouth of the Grand Glaize (which I suppose would represent the whole of Concreek in its two states, wet and dry) would equal the newly found and named Damselfly Island similarly near the mouth of Grandglaise — this is the only US pop place beginning with “Damsel”. Damsel is also the site of the Linn Creek-Grand Glaize Memorial Airport, reinforcing the Damsel-Grandglaize association. Like Concreek (as Con Creek), Grandglaize is often inappropriately spelled as two words, Grand Glaize, instead of one. Montreal and Toronto, being the two largest cities of Canada, may also represent wet and dry itself, or opposite colors red and blue through resonance with Missouri’s own two biggest cities of St. Louis (redbird red) and K.C. (royal blue).

—– (several seconds later)

OMG, I think we have proof of this. In looking up the name Dry Glaize, apparently a historic town near Wet Glaize and on the Dry Auglaize Creek, found out it is on the *Conns Creek* topographic map (!) Dry Glaize was also known as Glaize and Glaize City. Conns Creek is an approx. 7 or 8 mile long flow that empties into Wet Glaize Creek a couple of miles below its confluence with Dry Auglaize Creek, where together they form Grandglaize. Conn Creek’s mouth is between the villages of Wet Glaize and Toronto, or about 2 miles from either, with both these villages being on Wet Glaize Creek.

In fact, however, in checking again, it looks like Conns Creek meets up with Sellars Creek to *form* Wet Glaize Creek, and the village of Wet Glaize is instead on Miller Creek, a tributary of the latter. Hmm, also a Chalfant Cemetery in Seven Springs Hollow off Conns Creek.*

What does all this mean?

In this older Camden County map (before the Lake of the Ozark formation), we have no Wet Glaize Creek but just the towns of Dryglaize, Wet Glaize and the stream of Grand Glaize, which appears to be the same as Wet Glaize Creek or has absorbed Wet Glaize Creek.

This assumption is reinforced in this 1920 map of the county, where once again there appears to be no Wet Glaize Creek (just the village) but a Grand *An*Glaize and a Dry Anglaize that meet near Damsel and also the curiously named Zebra hamlet. Also on this map there is no village named Dryglaize (also claimed by the GNIS database to be later named just Glaize, to add to the confusion!). A zebra is both black and white — wet and dry once more? Is it also curious that the now dry Concreek bed has recently revealed to me an obvious black-white stone pairing?

And then on this 1895 map we have Dry Glaize, Wet Glaize, Auglaize *and* Glaize villages appearing, but no accompanying named streams.


* Appropriate quote:

[Cooper and Carl look at the space where Desmond vanished]
Cooper: What was here Mr. Rodd?
Carl: I trailer was here. What the hell d’ya think?
Cooper: Could you tell me whose trailer it was, and who stayed in it?
Carl: Yeah, it was an old woman and her grandson.
Cooper: Could you tell me what their names were?
Carl: Uh… Chalfont, that’s it. As a matter of fact, ‘Chalfont’ was the name of a family that rented this space before, or at the same time. Two Chalfonts. Wierd, huh?


4 Responses to “Damselfly Island”

  1. […] fluttering about and around it (and not dragonflies or mayflies). A special relationship with Grandglaize Creek in Missouri was also implied upon this settlement. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this.   Leave a […]

  2. […] Like this:LikeBe the first to like this.   Leave a Comment […]

  3. […] a name, like most of those connected to Concreek, established last summer. Connected as well to Damsel, Missouri. Lately I’ve just been using it as a convenient way to cross Green Stream and head to other […]

  4. […] fair *reader*, remember that not one but several maps of this same Camden County are featured in a post of the old Baker Blinker blog? I just did. It’s also mentioned in the 2014 hybrid document “Map Sinking Feeling” […]

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