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Kewanee had its start in 1910 as a lumber company town. The community was named after Kewanee, Illinois, the native home of a lumber official. A post office called Kewanee has been in operation since 1907.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kewanee, Missouri
- "New Madrid County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
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