1. Apple Creek: the Name


The stream « Apple Creek » A stream which rises in the southern part of Perry County and flows east to form the boundary line between Perry and Cape Girardeau counties, and empties into the Mississippi River. Also known as "Riviere a la Pomme" or Apple River, it marked the northern boundary of the Cape Girardeau District in 1793.  Since the Shawnee Indians cultivated farms and had a large village on this creek, it is probable that the early French travelers and hunters gave the name "Riviere a la Pomme" (later Americanized to Apple River or Apple Creek), from the apple trees which grew there.

1796 [R. à la Pomme]
1823 [Apple C.]