Southeast Missouri from Swampland to Farmland: The Transformation of the Lowlands

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[At the beginning of the twentieth century, swamps hosting immense timber resources covered much of Missouri's Bootheel. Once investors built a network of railroads and harvested the timber, the landscape became on of overgrown, cut-over land with little value until excess water could be drained and the swampland converted to farmland. Small, local drainage districts began the process but complete drainage came with the construction of a system of ditches by the Little River Drainage District which is the largest drainage ...

Southeast Missouri from Swampland to Farmland: The Transformation of the Lowlands 2017, McFarland & Company, Jefferson

ISBN-13: 9780786479955

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