Excerpt from Soil Survey of Dekalb County, Missouri, 1916
By H.H. Krusekopf, In Charge, R. C.Doneghue, and M.M. McCOOL. of the University of Missouri. Description Of The Area. Fui. 1.Sketch map sbowing location of the Dekalb County area, Missouri. Dekalb County, Mo., lies in the northwestern part of the State, midway between Kansas City and the Iowa State line and 15 miles east of St. Joseph. It is bounded on the north by Gentry County, on the east by Daviess and Caldwell Counties, on the south by Clinton County, and on the west by Buchanan and Andrew Counties. It is nearly square in outline and measures 21 miles east and west and 20 miles north and south. The county has an area of 417 square miles, or 266, 880 acres. Dekalb Coimty is included within the physiographic division of the State known as the Rolling Prairie of northwestern Missouri. It occupies a broad, rolling, well-dissected plain, with a gradual slope to the south and southeast. Broad, flat bottoms a re developed a long the larger streams. The surface varies from flat to moderately hilly, although more than 80 percent of the area is only gently rolling. No considerable part of the county is too flat to have good surface drainage. The most extensive smooth area occurs in the south-central part of the county, north of Osborn, tapering to a point 4 miles north of Amity. A number of long, flat ridges, which represent interstream divides, varying from a few rods to several miles in width and from 1 mile to 6 miles in length, occur in all parts of the county. The roughest land is in the east-central section along Grindstone Creek, where a few of the hills are precipitous. The larger streams have cut their channels to only moderate depths, and their widely branching inteimittent tributaries have made only shallow incisions in the original surface, so that the ridges and hills are rounded and the slopes gradual. The chief characteristics of the topograjihy are the level plains, rounded ridges, and gentle slopes.
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