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Regional Population Maps

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  • How did the population in your township change from 1940 to 1990?
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    These maps show the counties around Bryant Creek: Wright, Douglas and Ozark counties. Each county is divided into townships. The numbers show the population in each township at the time. The color-coding shows the changes in population by township, with the change by numbers too. The gray shaded area shows the boundary of the Bryant watershed and its relationship to the surrounding counties. The 1990 map shows the location of some of the towns around the watershed. 

    Travis Wampler, a student at SMSU Springfield, designed these maps for the Atlas as a project in the Principles of Cartography class, taught by Dr. Rex Cammack. 

    Travis says of these maps, "As you can see, over 50 years there has not been a large population loss for the region. However, there was a significant population shift in the Bryant watershed between the years of 1940 and 1990. The people in and around the watershed left the rural townships for the more urbanized (although still rural) townships. In other words, people were beginning to migrate towards population centers. This population shift corresponds with the rural-to-urban migration pattern of the mid-to-late 20th century."