Keener Cave, Missouri

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Keener Cave or Keener is an extinct town in southern Wayne County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The GNIS classifies it as a populated place.[1]

The cave and associated community lies above the west bank of the Black River on Missouri Route JJ just north of the Wayne-Butler county line; the community of Keeners lies just to the southeast in Butler County on the east bank of the river.[2][3]

Variant names were "Keener" and "Keener Cave Resort";[1] the community most likely has the name of a family who were active in the local lumber industry.[4] A post office called Keeners was established in 1877, and remained in operation until 1879.[5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Keener Cave
  2. ^ Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1998, First edition, p. 67, ISBN 0-89933-224-2
  3. ^ Williamsville, Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1980
  4. ^ "Wayne County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

Coordinates: 36°55′45″N 90°31′30″W / 36.92917°N 90.52500°W / 36.92917; -90.52500