Mosquito Creek (Iowa)

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Mosquito Creek
This excerpt from the Lewis and Clark map of 1814 shows the rivers of southwest Iowa, southeast Nebraska, and northwest Missouri. "Musquito River" is seen at the upper left.
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ coordinates41°48′18″N 95°22′44″W / 41.805°N 95.379°W / 41.805; -95.379
 ⁃ coordinates
41°10′34″N 95°50′25″W / 41.176°N 95.8402°W / 41.176; -95.8402Coordinates: 41°10′34″N 95°50′25″W / 41.176°N 95.8402°W / 41.176; -95.8402

Mosquito Creek,[1] about 60 mi. (97 km) long, is a tributary of the Missouri River in southwest Iowa in the United States. It rises near Earling, in Shelby County, and flows in a generally southwesterly direction, meeting the Missouri approximately 5 mi. (8 km) downstream of Council Bluffs.

Mosquito Creek was named by pioneer settlers (Mormons) for the great number of mosquitoes near this stream when they camped there.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mosquito Creek (Iowa)
  2. ^ History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Containing a History from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. O. L. Baskin & Company. 1883. p. 326.