Rat, Missouri

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Rat, Missouri
Unincorporated community
Rat is located in Missouri
Location within the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 37°22′21″N 91°13′39″W / 37.37250°N 91.22750°W / 37.37250; -91.22750Coordinates: 37°22′21″N 91°13′39″W / 37.37250°N 91.22750°W / 37.37250; -91.22750
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)573
GNIS feature ID751809[1]

Rat is an unincorporated community in northeast Shannon County, in the U.S. state of Missouri.[1] The community is adjacent to Big Creek, approximately six miles south-southwest of Bunker.[2]


A post office called Rat was established in 1898, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1954.[3] The community was named "Rat" in protest after postal authorities denied the townspeople their first choice of "Buckshorn".[4] Rat has been noted for its unusual place name.[5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rat, Missouri
  2. ^ Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1998, First edition, p. 55, ISBN 0-89933-224-2
  3. ^ "Shannon County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Shannon County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  5. ^ LIFE. 31 January 1944. p. 57. ISSN 0024-3019.