Protem, Missouri


Protem is an unincorporated community in southeastern Taney County, Missouri, United States.[1] It is located on Route 125, and is approximately two miles north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line.[2] Protem is part of the Branson, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area.

A post office called Protem has been in operation since 1875.[3] The name comes from pro tem (Latin for "temporary"), because first settlers could not settle on a name and a temporary one (which became permanent) was needed.[4][5]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Protem, Missouri
  2. ^ Protem. Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1968
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Taney County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 107.

Coordinates: 36°31′44″N 92°51′32″W / 36.52889°N 92.85889°W / 36.52889; -92.85889