Pomme de Terre River (Missouri)

The Pomme de Terre River (pronounced pohm de TEHR) is a 130-mile-long (210 km)[3] tributary of the Osage River in southwestern Missouri in the United States. Via the Osage and Missouri rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.

Pomme de Terre River
Potato River
Pomme de terre.jpg
Map of the Osage River watershed showing the Pomme de Terre River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMarshfield, Missouri
 ⁃ coordinates37°20′24″N 92°56′43″W / 37.34000°N 92.94528°W / 37.34000; -92.94528
 ⁃ elevation1,454 ft (443 m)
MouthTruman Reservoir
 ⁃ location
Hickory County, Missouri
 ⁃ coordinates
38°00′35″N 93°18′59″W / 38.00972°N 93.31639°W / 38.00972; -93.31639Coordinates: 38°00′35″N 93°18′59″W / 38.00972°N 93.31639°W / 38.00972; -93.31639[1]
 ⁃ elevation
709 ft (216 m)
Length130 mi (210 km)
Basin size840 sq mi (2,200 km2)
 ⁃ locationUSGS 06921350 near Hermitage, MO[2]
 ⁃ average546 cu ft/s (15.5 m3/s)
 ⁃ minimum0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
 ⁃ maximum9,000 cu ft/s (250 m3/s)
Basin features
WatershedsPomme de Terre-Osage-Missouri-Mississippi

Pomme de terre is French for potato, a food Indians harvested in the area.[4] Before the French explorers, the Osage people, who were historically indigenous to the region, had called it a name meaning Big Bone River, referring to the fossils of mastodons and other ancient creatures which they found along its eroding banks.[5]


The Pomme de Terre River is formed in Greene County in the Ozarks by the confluence of its short north and south forks, which rise in Webster and Greene counties, respectively. The river flows generally northward through Dallas, Polk, Hickory and Benton counties, past the town of Hermitage. In Polk County it collects the short Little Pomme de Terre River, which rises in Greene County and flows generally northwestwardly. In Hickory County a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam causes the river to form Pomme de Terre Lake. It enters the Osage River as an arm of Truman Lake, which is formed by a dam on the Osage.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pomme de Terre River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  2. ^ "Water-Data Report 2013 - 06921350 Pomme de Terre River near Hermitage, MO" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 31, 2011
  4. ^ "Hickory County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Adrienne Mayor, "Place names describing fossils in oral traditions", Stanford University, pp. 253-254, c. 2005, accessed 9 December 2011
  6. ^ DeLorme (2002), Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, 2nd ed., Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-353-2