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Crane, Missouri

Posted by graywacke on January 8, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2146; A Landing A Day blog post number 574.

Dan: Finally.  An OSer . . . MO; 48/49 (barely); 3/10; 12; 149.0.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows that I actually landed pretty much in the town of Crane:

 landing 2

You can see that I landed adjacent to Crane Creek, which, as is apparent on the following map, flows to the James River (2nd hit) and on to the White (24th hit).

 landing 31

You’ll have to take my word on it that the White discharges to the MM (843rd hit).

Here’s my Google Earth (GE) trip in from space:


Here’s a close-in GE shot of my landing, showing the Street View photo location (the orange dude):

 GE 1

You can see that I landed just off the end of what appears to be a barn.  Here’s the Street View shot (with my landing a little more than 100 yards away):

 GE SV landing

Since I landed right in Crane, I felt like I absolutely had to feature Crane in this post, so feature Crane I will.  But it’s been a bit of a struggle, resulting in what I tend to call a “light-weight” post.  Anyway, here’s a little history from Wiki:

The town now known as Crane (current pop about 1,500) had its beginning under another name. In the early 1880s the little group of homes, a general store or two, a mill, and a blacksmith shop was known as Hickory Grove. It nestled on the south bank of Crane Creek (very near my landing).

A need for a post office was felt and so an application to the Postal Department went forth asking that an office to be known as Hickory Grove be established there. Back came the reply that as there was already a town in Missouri by that name and would the citizens please select another name. Someone suggested “Crane,” after the little creek which was named for the great number of blue cranes that lived along the stream.

It turns out that the railroad came in on the north side of the creek and the town center migrated over there.

So, other than the Crane name story, I’ve stumbled on two other things:  1) excellent trout fishing in the Crane Creek and 2) the annual Broiler Festival.

Here’s some info from CraneCreekTrout.com:

Acclaimed as one of America’s 100 Best Trout Streams,* Crane Creek offers a truly unique trout fishing opportunity just forty-five minutes southwest of Springfield, Missouri.

Crane Creek is one of the few streams in the region with self-sustaining populations of wild trout. These local trout are the descendants of California McCloud River rainbows stocked in the stream in the late 1800s. Opinions vary but there are those that say Crane Creek Rainbows are the only pure-strain McCloud Rainbow trout left in the world!

Here’s a slightly different take from OzarkAnglers.com:

Crane Creek is one of the most unique streams in the Midwest. In the late 1800′s, railcar brought a strain of rainbow trout called the McCloud from the west coast to be raised and stocked in  spring fed creeks and rivers in Arkansas and Missouri, including Crane Creek. In 1967, the Missouri Department of Conservation stocked rainbows in Crane, and trout have not been stocked there since.  The rainbows found in Crane Creek today could be a kin to the famous McCloud strain but it is not a pure strain.  But the trout are wild, born and raised in Crane.

Here’s a picture of a Crane Trout from OzarkAnglers:


Here’s what Wiki has to say about the famous McCloud River Trout:

The McCloud River Redband trout is one of three redband trout subspecies of the rainbow trout.  The trout is native in small tributaries of the McCloud River and Pit River which are tributaries of California’s Sacramento River. Its historic range has declined significantly since it was first described in 1894. Remaining populations of genetically pure McCloud River redband trout are threatened by predation, habitat loss, competition with introduced trout species and by hybridization with hatchery rainbow trout introduced to support sport fishing .

Note the name “Redband.”  Look at the above picture.  That sure enough looks like a Reband Rainbow, eh?  And here’s another picture of a Crane Creek trout from OzarkAnglers.com, also touting a red banded:



From CraneCreekTrout, here’s an interesting write-up on fishing strategy:

The best way to catch fish on Crane Creek comes down to one word: stealth.

For those of us accustomed to standing on the shore and sight casting to trout in state or private trout parks this can be quite an adjustment. Show a Crane Creek trout your shadow and they’re gone!

You need to approach pools from behind brush or cover, stooping, kneeling or even crawling! A cast that hits the water hard may spook the fish. Might as well go have lunch!

This is the unique challenge of Crane Creek trout that you will find very few other places in the region. There are plenty of trout here, there are big trout here, but if you’re going to catch one you’re going to have to learn some new tricks, chief among them patience!

In case you haven’t had enough trout fishing, you can check out this video from Warrior Outdoor Productions if you like.  The entire second half is devoted to a lengthy battle with a mighty Crane Creek Trout. 


FYI, the only other time I featured “trout” was my Tacoma Washington post featuring Trout Fishing in America author Richard Brautigan.

Time to move on to Crane’s Broiler Festival. From CraneBroilerFestival.org:

The Crane Broiler Festival; ah, such a thought that can bring joy to the taste buds of the local residents of Crane, Missouri and to those other fortunate persons who have attended this local event since its official start in 1952.

The First Annual Missouri Broiler Festival and Barbeque was held on October 9, 1952, as a one day event. This Festival was sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Broiler Growers Association which was composed of approximately 60 broiler producers from the North Stone County area. As an aside a “broiler” is essential a young chicken generally weighing between 2 ½ to 3 ½ pounds and produced commercially for meat sales.

The Festival was such a success that it was decided that the 1953 and all futures Festival’s would be two day events. During the early years the chickens cooked at the Festival were all locally produced and cooked over an open air pit built of concrete blocks with metal racks that the chicken cooked on and each chicken was turned by hand.

Every Broiler Festival has had a local beauty pageant associated with it. Currently the Broiler Festival Queen is called “Miss Slick Chick”.

AAH-OOO-GAH!!  AAH-OOO-GAH!!  Political Correctness Alert!  Political Correctness Alert!!   I suspect that if NJ had a Broiler Festival beauty pageant, the winner would be crowned something other than Miss Slick Chick . . .  

Anyway, here are a couple of chicken pictures from the 2010 festival:

 chicken from 2010 festival

Here’s a plate of down-home comfort food:

 plate of checken from 2010 festival

And from a 2013 Monett, Missouri Times article, this’ll give you a feel for the festival scene:

 monett times

Here’s a GE Panoramio shot (by sacoo) of the road coming into Crane from the north:

 pano sacoo

I’ll close with this shot of Crane Creek near Crane from GardenStateTrout.com.  Wait a second, I live in the Garden State (NJ, of course)!  By word of explanation, the post is entitled “Not Garden State Trout, but Show Me State Trout.”  Anyway, here’s the picture:


That’ll do it.




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