Brazeau, Missouri

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Brazeau, Missouri
Brazeau, Missouri, road sign
Brazeau, Missouri, road sign
Location of Perry County
Location of Perry County
Coordinates: 37°39′40″N 89°39′10″W / 37.66111°N 89.65278°W / 37.66111; -89.65278Coordinates: 37°39′40″N 89°39′10″W / 37.66111°N 89.65278°W / 37.66111; -89.65278[1]
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyPerry
TownshipBrazeau
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total23
 • Estimate 
()
23
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63737
Area code(s)573
FIPS code29-08074 [3]
GNIS feature ID1779791 [2]

Brazeau (/bræzɔː/; French: [brɑzoʊ]) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Perry County, Missouri, United States.

Etymology[edit]

The community is named after the nearby Brazeau Creek, which in turn was named for Joseph Brazeau (also spelled Obrazo), a merchant from St. Louis, Missouri, in the years 1791-1799, or a member of his family.[4]

History[edit]

Brazeau Presbyterian Church

Some of the earliest Americans to put down roots in Perry County were English and Scots-Irish Presbyterian settlers from Rowan, Iredell, Cabarrus, and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina, and they settled Brazeau in 1817.[5] There, they opened land in the Brazeau Creek drainage basin. In 1804, Brazeau was estimated to have had 88 inhabitants. Brazeau's original log Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Brazeau, was established on September 2, 1819. After a fire destroyed the log church in 1832, a new frame church was built in 1833 to replace the lost structure.[6][7] The brick church, which is still in use, was built in 1854. An academy was established in the same year until public schools became prevalent in the 1880s.[8] The people of Brazeau were said to have helped the Saxon-Lutheran immigrants from Germany during their first hard winter of 1839, who otherwise may have starved. The Brazeau Post Office operated from 1879 until its closing in 2011.[9] The small town once boasted a general store, a bank, and a John-Deer dealership.[10]

Hemmann Winery

Today, the small town is home to Hemmann Winery, established in 2003, which occupies the former general store.[11]

Geography[edit]

Brazeau is located approximately ten miles (16 km) southeast of Perryville and about 35 miles (56 km) north of Cape Girardeau, as well as being about five miles (8.0 km) from the Mississippi River.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Findpincode.com http://findpincode.com/brazeau-missouri-zip-code-postal-code-63737.html[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brazeau, Missouri
  3. ^ Roadside Thoughts http://www.roadsidethoughts.com/mo/brazeau-misc.htm[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Louis Houck (1908). "A History of Missouri: From the Earliest Explorations and Settlements Until the Admission of the State Into the Union". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Walter A. Schroeder (2002). "Opening the Ozarks: A Historical Geography of Missouri's Ste. Genevieve District, 1760-1830". ISBN 9780826263063. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Bill Earngey (1995). "Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion". ISBN 9780826210210. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Mississippi Valley Architecture.com "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2014-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ The State Historical Society of Missouri: Brazeau Presbyterian Church "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Missouri Postal History "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Missouri Wine Country.com "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)