Wednesday, May 15, 2024



If you have not pre-registered for the 5K Walk/Run and want a T-shirt the registration form has to be turned in to the address on the form by May 20. Also you need to send the $20.00 with the registration.  Walk/Run people will need to be at the museum at 8:30 to get your shirt. If you want to do the Walk/Run and you don’t want a shirt you will still have to register that morning. The fee is $15.00. You do not have to be pre-registered for the CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT. If you have a question call 417 395 2594 or text 816 590 1029. The CORN HOLE REGISTRATION will be at the museum starting at 10:30. Two people team is $25.00. The winning team will get a nice prize.

Corner of Prairie and Main Streets:   After the Civil War Papinville was really growing. There  were many houses and businesses being built. Some of the businesses that were going strong were drug stores, several merchantile, blacksmith shops, butcher shops and at one time there were five doctors. Papinville was the only place they could cross the Marais des Cygnes with big loads in 1873.Papinville even had their own Post Office until 1906. We now get our mail out of Rockville. The telephone was operated in Charlie Burch’s house from 1904 to 1955 then KLM took over. There were small hotels and there were two churches. At one time they said that Papinville population was almost 700. To look at it now it is hard to believe Papinville was that big.

Corner of Main and Water Street:  Across the street from the metal/wooden bridge was a hotel. It was a two story house, but the people that lived their  rented out rooms. A number of steamboats  and keel boats would come up the river to deliver supplies to the businesses  in Papinville and also to Harmony Mission when it was in operation. This was known at the time as Government Riverboat Landing and where the American Fur Trading Company was located. Between 1867 and 1869 The Tom Stephens, a stern-wheeler boat, made as many as six trips from St. Louis to Papinville. 

Next week the stories will be about the old walking bridge built in 1884. This bridge was deeded to the Papinville Historical Association. There is a stone on the east side of the bridge that you can read as you go across the bridge. The other story will be about the Missionaries traveling the Marais des Cygnes River to Harmony Mission, which is located about a mile up the river. You will walk on the road next to the river up to the Bates County Drainage Ditch .

Until next week for the rest of the story. Hope you are enjoying the stories. You will be getting a booklet of the stories and a map with your historical walk so you will know what was located in that area as you walk along the historical walk\run. Hope to be able to list more activities for the  Papinville fun day. Let’s keep the history going for the next generations.


Registration forms can be found on Facebook click Papinville  History and print out your form. Forms are also at the Butler and Rich Hill Citizens Bank.

                 Submitted by Phyllis Stewart

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