Cedar Gap is an unincorporated community in southwestern Wright County, Missouri, United States. Cedar Gap lies just south of US Route 60 between Mansfield to the east and Seymour in adjacent Webster County to the west.
History and geography
Cedar Gap, at an elevation of 1,694 feet (516 m), was established in 1882 as a station on the Springfield – Memphis line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. It was named for the cedar trees and the topographic "gaps" which had to be bridged by the railroad in the more rugged terrain of the Lead Hill area 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to the east, the second highest point in Missouri at 1,744 feet (532 m). The early railroad also constructed a dam to form the 40 acre Cedar Gap Lake one mile to the northwest on the Wright–Webster county line as a water supply for the steam engined trains.
Cedar Gap lies on the drainage divide between the Gasconade River to the north, Bryant Creek which is a tributary to the North Fork River to the southeast and the Finley Creek tributary to the James River to the west.
The Cedar Gap Conservation Area includes 431 acres (1.74 km2) of rugged topography including the headwaters of Bryant Creek lying south of Cedar Gap. The conservation area was formed in 1999 and is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cedar Gap, Missouri
- Mountain Grove, Missouri, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1983
- Cedar Gap, Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1951
- Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 372.
- History of Cedar Gap
- "Cedar Gap Conservation Area, Missouri Dept. of Conservation". Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-06.