A small village in the southern part of Union Township, near Apple Creek, from which it was named. A post office was maintained from 1902-1908.
Apple Creek was originally known as Schnurbusch, and was named after a prominent family in the area.
In the early 1820s German Catholic immigrants from the Baden area were the first Europeans to settle Apple Creek. The settlement’s first Catholic church named St. Joseph, built in 1828, was used for 12 years.
Our Lady of Saint Joseph shrine was built in 1857 and incorporates a cave spring with stonework.
Not many towns can boast having a Karst Window. This is a geological phenomena where an underground stream reaches the surface then disappears back underground again. The folks of St Joesph Parish converted this Karst window into a shrine to the Blessed Virgin. I consider this a hidden treasure of Southeast Missouri. Not many know of its existence, but it is a beautiful combination of a natural phenomena and mans enhancement to create a beautiful scene. The best time to see this is after a good rain so that the stream is flowing.
June 27th, 2018
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