Belgique, Missouri, roadsign
Location of Perry County, Missouri
|Township||Bois Brule |
|Elevation||372 ft (113 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|FIPS code||29-04042 |
|GNIS feature ID||713893 |
Since a town already existed in Missouri by the name of Belgium, the Flemish residents opted to use the French name for their homeland.
The town was originally settled by Catholic Flemings from Belgium. A Catholic church, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, existed in Belgique from 1884 to 1992. A post office was established in 1890, but as the name "Belgium" had already been taken, the French name for Belgium "Belgique" was used instead. Its post office has closed and its mail now comes from Perryville. Since the flood of 1993 there is no longer an existing town.
Of the many floods over the centuries, most devastating flood was the Great Flood of 1993. The subsequent flood destroyed the village, leaving only a handful of residents to return to the area following the flood.
Belgique is located on the flat alluvial plain of the Bois Brule Bottom situated in the northern part of Perry County.
- Roadside Thoughts
- Missouri Historical Society: Perry County Place Names, 1928-1945 Archived March 31, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- Flemish Genealogy Archived August 19, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- Missouri Postal History Archived October 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Nativity Cemetery - Perry County, Missouri Archived November 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Erin Ragan (August 14, 2013). "Remembering the 1993 flood: Locals look back at flood fight". Southeast Missourian.
- US Army Corps of Engineers (December 1993). "Upper Mississippi River Basin Flood of 1993, Flood-Fight Reconnaissance and Survey of Expedient Methods Employed".