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Valley Between Two Ridges, Cragwold Estate

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Across what is clearly an old ford over a creek that feeds just to the left of the picture into the Meramec, my father and I found an interesting discovery.

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Beyond a doubt, there are the well-preserved remnants of an earthen dam, like one that would create a lake in a steep valley.

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There is an obvious break in the dam, and the creek has now cut a deep gut below grade of the dam, as seen below.

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Here is a closeup below of the break in the dam.

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There are no historic photographs showing the lake or dam, whether in topographical maps or historic aerial photographs.

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And I wonder, the deep valley above the dam is very flat, almost as if it was flattened out by sediment over decades, and still to this day the creek is only a foot or two below the lay of the land.

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Does anyone remember a lake being here?

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As mentioned before, then the valley rises very quickly and ruggedly up to the top of the ridges.

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Come see my lecture about the architecture of Louis Sullivan at the Saint Louis Art Museum this Thursday, Jan. 7th at 11:00 AM and Jan. 8th at 6:00 PM.

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