Papinville, Missouri

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The Papinville Marais des Cygnes River Bridge

Papinville is an unincorporated community in southern Bates County, Missouri.[1]

The community is on the banks of the Marais des Cygnes River within the waters of the Harry S Truman Reservoir. Rich Hill is approximately four miles to the west.[2]


Papinville was platted in 1847.[3] The community was named for Melicourt Papin, a French trader.[4] A post office called Papinville was established in 1848, and remained in operation until 1906.[5]

Variant names were Papinsville and Rapinsville.[1]

Professional baseball player Bill Rapps was born in Papinville in 1881.[6]

The Papinville Marais des Cygnes River Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[7]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Papinville, Missouri
  2. ^ Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1st ed. 1998, p. 42 ISBN 0899332242
  3. ^ "Bates County Place Names, 1928-1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Earngey, Bill (1995). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. University of Missouri Press. p. 30.
  5. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ "William H Rapps". The Iola Register. Iola, Kansas. 21 April 1965. p. 2. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

Coordinates: 38°04′02″N 94°13′37″W / 38.06722°N 94.22694°W / 38.06722; -94.22694