Menfro, Missouri

Menfro, Missouri
unincorporated community

Location of Menfro, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°46′37″N 89°43′24″W / 37.77694°N 89.72333°W / 37.77694; -89.72333
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
Township Bois Brule
Elevation 360 ft (110 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63775
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-47324 [1]
GNIS feature ID 722232 [2]

Menfro is an unincorporated community in northeastern Perry County, Missouri. It is located eight miles (13 km) northeast of Perryville.


The town is said to have been named by St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad officials in 1904 "for the three men who were killed on the river, who were bringing in supplies for the railroad." [3]


Menfro was established on a small portion of Levi Wiggin's land grant #1328. In January 1877, this small plot of land was subdivided by the Perry County Surveyor and eventually became known as the Town of Menfro.

In September 1879, Valentine and Margaret Hoehn sold a portion of land grant #1328 to Frederick Moldenhauer. The Moldenhauer family still owns this tract of land which is home to the Moldenhauer Alfalfa Mill.[4]

Menfro began as a stop on the St. Louis, Memphis & South Eastern Railroad, which began construction on 22 September 1902, with the intention of linking Perry County with St. Louis in time for the 1904 World's Fair. A post office was opened in 1904 (closed in 1996).[5]


The Town of Menfro is located on Cinque Hommes Creek, which is usually called "Menfro Creek" by the local population. Menfro Creek empties into the Mississippi River just a mile (1.6k) downstream from the Town of Menfro. When the water level in the Mississippi River rises, the Menfro Creek runs backwards, taking in the rising water from the Mississippi. As such, when the Mississippi River floods, so does Menfro.

Flooded Cinque Hommes Creek at Menfro, Missouri.

Three major floods have affected Menfro (1943, 1973 and 1993). Each time, the Town of Menfro was destroyed. After the 1943 and 1973 floods the town was rebuilt; however, after the 1993 flood the town did not recover.[6]


Menfro is situated in the Mississippi River Valley within an alluvial flood plain called the Bois Brule Bottom. Being nestled between the limestone bluffs along the western edge of Bois Brule Bottom and Cinque Hommes Creek directly to the east has made Menfro susceptible to flooding.


  3. The State Historical Society of Missouri: Perry County Place Names, 1928-1945
  4. Country Homes of
  5. Missouri Postal History
  6. US Army Corps of Engineers (December 1993). "Upper Mississippi River Basin Flood of 1993, Flood-Fight Reconnaissance and Survey of Expedient Methods Employed".

Further reading

Erzfeld, Patricia L. Menfro: People's Dream, Mother Nature's Plan, Perry County Historical Society, softcover, 161 pages. This book is one of the few compilations on the History of Menfro, written from first and secondary sources. This article was written from the information found in this book.

Coordinates: 37°46′37″N 89°43′24″W / 37.77694°N 89.72333°W / 37.77694; -89.72333

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