Wappapello, Missouri

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Wappapello
Wappapello Lake near the town of Wappapello, Missouri
Wappapello Lake near the town of Wappapello, Missouri
Wappapello is located in Missouri
Wappapello
Wappapello
Location within the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 36°56′08″N 90°16′15″W / 36.93556°N 90.27083°W / 36.93556; -90.27083Coordinates: 36°56′08″N 90°16′15″W / 36.93556°N 90.27083°W / 36.93556; -90.27083
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyWayne
Elevation
361 ft (110 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID752753[1]

Wappapello is an unincorporated community in southeastern Wayne County, Missouri, United States. It is located about thirteen miles northeast of Poplar Bluff next to Lake Wappapello.

Wappapello is also home to at least two known white supremacist groups, the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan [1] and the Watchmen Bible Study Group [2].

Wappapello was laid out in 1884 when the railroad was extended to that point.[2] The community has the name of a Native American chieftain.[3] A post office called Wappapello has been in operation since 1884.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wappapello, Missouri". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Wayne County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 371.
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

Wappapello was founded by Samuel R. Kelley, a veteran of the Civil War. He was originally from Ohio, saw the Wappapello area as a young Union soldier, and homesteaded land there after the war.