Brazeau (/ˈbræzɔː/; French pronunciation: [bʁazo]) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Perry County, Missouri, United States.

Brazeau, Missouri
Brazeau, Missouri, road sign
Brazeau, Missouri, road sign
Location of Perry County
Location of Perry County
Coordinates: 37°39′40″N 89°39′10″W / 37.66111°N 89.65278°W / 37.66111; -89.65278[1]
CountryUnited States
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
 • Total23
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code573
FIPS code29-08074 [3]
GNIS feature ID1779791 [2]



The community is named after the nearby Brazeau Creek, which in turn was named for Joseph Brazeau (also spelled Obrazo), a merchant from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1791–1799, or by a member of his family.[4]


Brazeau Presbyterian Church
Hemmann Winery

Some of the earliest Americans to put down roots in Perry County were English and Scots-Irish Presbyterian settlers from Rowan, Iredell, Cabarrus, and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina who settled Brazeau in 1817.[5] There, they opened land in the Brazeau Creek drainage basin. In 1804, Brazeau was estimated to have had 88 inhabitants. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Brazeau was established on September 2, 1819, and a log church was erected. After a fire destroyed the log church in 1832, a new frame church was built in 1833 to replace the lost structure.[6][7] A brick church, which is still in use, was built in 1854. An academy was established in the same year until public schools became prevalent in the 1880s.[8] The people of Brazeau are said to have helped the Saxon-Lutheran immigrants from Germany during their first hard winter of 1839, saving them from possible starvation.

The Brazeau Post Office operated from 1879 until its closing in 2011.[9] The small town once boasted a general store, a bank, and a John Deere dealership.[10] Today, the small town is home to Hemmann Winery, established in 2003, which occupies the former general store.[11]



Brazeau is located approximately ten miles (16 km) southeast of Perryville and about 35 miles (56 km) north of Cape Girardeau, as well as being about five miles (8.0 km) from the Mississippi River.

Notable people

  • Edward Robb (1857–1934), a U.S. Representative who was born in Brazeau and attended Brazeau Academy


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  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brazeau, Missouri
  3. ^ Roadside Thoughts [1]
  4. ^ Louis Houck (1908). "A History of Missouri: From the Earliest Explorations and Settlements Until the Admission of the State Into the Union". R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company: 385. brazeau. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Walter A. Schroeder (2002). Opening the Ozarks: A Historical Geography of Missouri's Ste. Genevieve District, 1760-1830. ISBN 9780826263063.
  6. ^ Bill Earngey (1995). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. ISBN 9780826210210.
  7. ^ Mississippi Valley "Mississippi Valley Architecture - Brazeau". Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Brazeau Presbyterian Church (Brazeau, Mo.)" (PDF). State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 5, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  9. ^ Missouri Postal History "Perry". Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Rural Missouri - December 2001 - Caring for Brazeau". Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Hemmann Winery". Missouri Wine County. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2013.