Braggadocio is an unincorporated community in Pemiscot County, Missouri, United States.[1] It is located 8 miles (13 km) west of Caruthersville on Missouri Route J and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of Steele on Route Z.[2]

History edit

Braggadocio was founded circa 1847.[3] A post office called Braggadocio has been in operation since 1881.[4] Possibly the community was named because a large share of the early settlers were braggarts,[5] or after the knight and horse thief Sir Braggadoccio, in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene.[3] Braggadocio has been noted for its unusual place name.[6]

In 1927, an African-American man named Will Sherod was lynched in Braggadocio.[7][8]

On April 2, 2006, an F3 tornado hit the town, causing two deaths, and on December 10, 2021, an EF4 tornado struck the town, causing one death.

References edit

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Braggadocio
  2. ^ Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1998, First edition, p. 71, ISBN 0-89933-224-2
  3. ^ a b Earngey, Bill (1995). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. University of Missouri Press. p. 40.
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Pemiscot County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Oddest Named Town in Every State". The Active Times. April 19, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Law's Too Slow". Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life. January 1928. p. 19.
  8. ^ "The Jim Crow Era: A Solemn Roll Call Of Those Brutally Murdered". PoliticsNY. Retrieved April 20, 2021.

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