Dutzow, Missouri

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Dutzow is an unincorporated community in southeastern Warren County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 94 about three miles north of Washington. Located near the Missouri River, it is one of the oldest German communities in the state.[1]


The area around Dutzow was originally referred to as Lake Creek by author Gottfried Duden, whose farm adjoined the early village. When Duden returned to Germany in 1827, to publish his Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America (1829), his companion Ludwig Eversmann remained in Missouri to manage Duden's properties. In 1832, the Berlin Society, a small emigration society purchased land communally. In 1833, the land was transferred to Johann Wilhelm Bock, often referred to as the Baron Von Bock, who platted the Village and announced the sale of lots in March 1834. Bock named the village for his estate on the Baltic Sea in Germany.[1] Early streets were named for German poets.

By the summer of 1834, many members of the Giessen Emigration Society, led by Friedrich Münch and Paul Follenius, had settled along Lake Creek as well, as the town became the social center for wealthy immigrants.[1] Both Duden and Münch attracted Germans wanting to settle in Missouri. Thousands emigrated in just a few years, and by the Civil War, the population of Warren County was one of the most predominately German in the State. For many years, the Duden farm was considered a mecca to German immigrants, wanting to see what Duden described as a Garden of Eden firsthand in his book.

Dutzow today[edit]

Located along the Katy Trail, Dutzow sees considerable tourism each year. It is also the home of Blumenhof Vineyard & Winery. Another tourism draw is the Saint Vincent de Paul Church, constructed in 1874.[2]


  1. ^ a b c McMillen, Margot Ford (1994). Paris, Tightwad and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-8262-0972-6. 
  2. ^ "Sant Vincent de Paul Church". Rome of the West.com. 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 38°36′20″N 90°59′41″W / 38.60556°N 90.99472°W / 38.60556; -90.99472