Hinkson Creek

Hinkson Creek is a stream in Boone County in the U.S. state of Missouri. Its middle section runs through the city of Columbia, Missouri[1] It was named after Robert Hinkson, a pioneer citizen who lived along its banks.[2] Several trails, conservation areas, and parks are along its path. it eventually empties into Perche Creek southwest of Columbia. The MKT Trail follows the creek in Boone County.

Hinkson Creek on the University of Missouri campus

The stream headwaters arise at 39°07′50″N 92°10′51″W / 39.13056°N 92.18083°W / 39.13056; -92.18083[1] approximately two miles northeast of Hallsville at an approximate elevation of 880 feet.[3] The stream flows south-southwest past Hallsville and through the east side of Columbia where it passes under US Route 63 and I-70. South of Columbia the stream turns to the west-southwest and reaches its confluence with Perche Creek[4] at 38°55′19″N 92°24′51″W / 38.92194°N 92.41417°W / 38.92194; -92.41417Coordinates: 38°55′19″N 92°24′51″W / 38.92194°N 92.41417°W / 38.92194; -92.41417 at an elevation of 558 feet.[1]

The Hinkson Woods Conservation Area is located within meanders of the creek.[5]On June 25, 2021 the Hinkson flooded, reaching a record 23.04 feet in Columbia.[6]


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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hinkson Creek
  2. ^ "Boone County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Centralia, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1969 (1979 rev)
  4. ^ Huntsdale, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1967 (1985 rev)
  5. ^ https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/hinkson-woods-conservation-area Missouri Department of Conservation
  6. ^ "Heavy rainfall breaks records in Columbia; Hinkson Creek reaches record flood stage". Columbia Missourian. Columbia, Missouri. June 25, 2021. Retrieved June 25, 2001.

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