Apple Creek, Missouri

Apple Creek, Missouri
Unincorporated community

Location of Perry County
Coordinates: 37°36′46″N 89°45′30″W / 37.61278°N 89.75833°W / 37.61278; -89.75833Coordinates: 37°36′46″N 89°45′30″W / 37.61278°N 89.75833°W / 37.61278; -89.75833
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
Township Union
Elevation 476 ft (145 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63775[1]
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-01468[2]
GNIS feature ID 736347[2]

Apple Creek is an unincorporated community in the southern part of Perry County, Missouri. Not to be confused with the town of Old Appleton which was originally known as Apple Creek.


Apple Creek was named after the nearby stream called Apple Creek. The original French name of the creek was "Riviere à la Pomme" (apple river), named from the apple trees that had grown there. American settlers later translated the name to Apple River or Apple Creek.[3][4]


Apple Creek was originally known as Schnurbusch, and was named after a prominent family in the area.

In the early 1820s German Catholic immigrants from the Baden area were the first to settle Apple Creek. These immigrants left Europe from the nearest ports, namely Le Havre, France and Antwerp, Belgium, and arrived in Perry County through New Orleans.

The settlement’s first Catholic church named St. Joseph, built in 1828, was used for 12 years; then a second church - called the Rock Church - was constructed. Between 1881-1884 a new brick church was constructed for the St. Joseph parish. A rectory (1904) and convent (1917) were subsequently built as well.[5][6] Our Lady of Saint Joseph shrine was built in 1857 and incorporates a cave spring with stonework and the via doloroso walkway.



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