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I'm a freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. I've written sixteen nonfiction books, two historical novels, and numerous articles. My latest books are Wicked Women of Missouri, Yanked Into Eternity: Lynchings and Hangings in Missouri, and Show-Me Atrocities: Infamous Incidents in Missouri History.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Laclede County Churches

Last time I listed rural churches that were on a U.S. Geological Survey map of northeast Greene County, Missouri (and the surrounding area) from the early 1940s. I have a similar map of southeast Laclede County and a small section of southwestern Pulaski County, and this time I'll list the rural churches that appear on this map.
The Pulaski County portion of the map shows several rural schools (which I listed in post a couple of years ago) but only one church, Fairview Church. I guess the Pulaski County folks were more concerned about education than religion. By the way, one of my great grandmothers is buried (in an unmarked grave) at the Fairview Church Cemetery.
The Laclede County portion of the map shows Mt. Pleasant Church, Crossroads Church, Mt. Salem Church, New Home Church, Cedar Bluff Church, Mt. Carney Church, and Porter Chapel. In fairness to Pulaski County, I should point out that Laclede also had several more schools than churches. So, that was probably just a general trend in earlier days. I suppose schools were closer together than churches because the thinking was that kids shouldn't have to walk very far to get to school but entire families were capable of making a longer trek to church.
I know even less about these churches than I do about the ones in Greene County; so if anyone has knowledge of any of these churches (e.g. whether they are still going) I would enjoy hearing from you.


Anonymous Cliff Timmons said...

Rock Prairie Baptist is still active although they are in a new building but on the same site. Supposedly the rock stoop on my porch came from the original Rock Prairie Church. I don’t know when it was established, but loving History, I like the thought of it. Bass Chapel and Peace Chapel are also active.

October 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Larry Wood said...

Thanks, Cliff. I figured Bass Chapel and Peace Chapel were still active. They were the last I knew, but that had been a long time ago.

October 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM  

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