Hornet, Missouri

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Hornet is located in Missouri
Location within the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 36°57′43″N 94°33′26″W / 36.96194°N 94.55722°W / 36.96194; -94.55722Coordinates: 36°57′43″N 94°33′26″W / 36.96194°N 94.55722°W / 36.96194; -94.55722
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

Hornet is an unincorporated community in western Newton County, Missouri, United States.[1] It is located about six miles southwest of Joplin less than a mile west of Route 43. The community is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. West of Hornet is the famous Hornet Spooklight, which is a few miles west at the Oklahoma state line.[2]

A post office called Hornet was established in 1882, and remained in operation until 1902.[3] According to tradition, the local country store was as busy as a "hornet", hence the name.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hornet, Missouri
  2. ^ Norman, Michael; Scott, Beth (18 September 2007). Haunted Heritage: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories. Tom Doherty Associates. p. 266. ISBN 978-0-7653-1968-5.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Newton County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.