Big Piney, Missouri

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Big Piney is an unincorporated community in Pulaski County, Missouri[1] on the southeastern edge of Fort Leonard Wood and sixteen miles northwest of Licking. Its former K-8 school has closed; students attend the Plato R-V School District.[2]

The Big Piney area has several resorts for horseback riding and canoeing, taking advantage of its scenic location on the Big Piney River.


A post office called Big Piney was established in 1881, and remained in operation until 1972.[3] The community takes its name from the Big Piney River.[4]

During the American Civil War, Big Piney was manned by companies of the 5th Missouri State Militia.[5]


Access to roads out of Big Piney is limited.

  • Missouri Route TT leads west from Big Piney to Missouri Route AW, a paved road running from the south gate of Fort Leonard Wood to Route 17.
  • Access eastward is by unpaved gravel roads which cross the Big Piney River and lead to Duke at Missouri Route J, which runs north to Interstate 44.
  • Route 17 crosses Interstate 44 at exit 153, runs east through Waynesville, turns north to Crocker, and then runs north out of the county to Iberia. South of Interstate 44, Route 17 hugs the western edge of Fort Leonard Wood, passes near Laquey, and circles south of the post until it runs out of the county and eventually joins Highway 32 in Roby.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Piney
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  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pulaski County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on December 10, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hewett, J. (1994). Supplement to the Official records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Pub. Co. , Volume 35, p. 136

Coordinates: 37°40′19″N 92°05′53″W / 37.67194°N 92.09806°W / 37.67194; -92.09806