Bennett Springs, Missouri

Bennett Springs is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Dallas and Laclede counties, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 130.[2] It lies 12 miles (19 km) west of Lebanon on Missouri Route 64. The community is named after a spring that is reported variously as the third or fourth largest in the state, with an average daily flow of about one hundred million gallons, and which is the centerpiece of Bennett Spring State Park.

Bennett Springs, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°43′32″N 92°51′12″W / 37.72556°N 92.85333°W / 37.72556; -92.85333Coordinates: 37°43′32″N 92°51′12″W / 37.72556°N 92.85333°W / 37.72556; -92.85333[1]
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountiesDallas, Laclede
Area
 • Total4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Land4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation896 ft (273 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total130
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65536
Area code(s)417
GNIS feature ID2587052[1]

The community is located adjacent to the confluence of Bennett Springs Branch with the Niangua River. The spring itself is located approximately one mile south along Bennett Spring Branch within the park boundaries.[3]

Bennett Spring State Park is one of the Missouri trout parks. The park features the largest spring of the four parks. Trout fishing, camping, and hiking are the main activities in the park, and the park also offers cabins, a swimming pool, nature center, and a full-service store.[4]

An early variant name was "Brice", after James Brice, the proprietor of a local watermill.[5] A post office called Brice was established in 1900, the name was changed to Bennett Springs in 1939, and the post office closed in 1966.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bennett Springs, Missouri
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Bennett Springs CDP, Missouri". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Bennett Springs, MO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1982
  4. ^ Bennett Spring State Park
  5. ^ "Laclede County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 24 October 2016.