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Missouri Meteorites

Twenty-four meteorites have been found in Missouri.  The first, Little Piney, was a fall from 1839; the most recent, Licking, was found in 2015.  Nine have been iron meteorites, eleven stony meteorites, three (Conception Junction, Milton, and Mincy) stony-irons.  Seven are falls - they were found shortly after they fell.  The other 16, including all the irons, are finds - they fell at an unknown time and were found later.  The Warrenton meteorite is an unusual type, a CO chondrite, and Milton is a unique pallasite.  The following information was taken mainly from the Catalogue of Meteorites (2000) edited by Monica Grady and published by The Natural History Museum of London and the Meteoritical Bulletin Database of the Meteoritical Society.

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Map of Missouri meteorite finds and falls. (Courtesy of the Meteoritical Bulletin Database and Google Earth)

 

 

Meteorites are named after the place that they fell or were found.  Most of the meteorite names below correspond to small towns in Missouri. 

meteorite
name

mass
(kg)

fall or
find

type

class

group

fall or find
location

year

anecdote

Archie

5.07

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

H6

Cass Co.

1932

Seven stones were found. One narrowly missed a man's head. A shower of minute fragments over an area six miles long was reported but none of this material was preserved.

Baxter

0.611

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L6

Stone Co.

1916

One stone. Fell through the roof of a house.

Billings

24.5

find

iron

medium octahedrite

IIIAB

Christian Co.

1903

A mass of about 54 lb resembling an axe was found about 4 miles east of Billings.

Butler

41

find

iron

plessitic octahedrite

ungrouped

Bates Co.

1874

A mass of about 90 lb was plowed up 8 miles SW of Butler.

Cape Girardeau

2.3

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

H6

Cape Girardeau Co.

1846

Fell with a loud report 7.5 miles south of Cape Girardeau.

Conception Junction

17

find

stony-iron

pallasite

PMG-an

Nodaway Co.

2010

A single mass was discovered protruding from a hillside near Conception Junction, Missouri

De Kalb

0.566

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

H?

Buchanan Co.

1969

One stone, found after plowing. Although the discovery site is only 3 miles west of the known area of the Faucett meteorites, it is thought to represent a distinct fall.

Faucett

100

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

H4

Buchanan Co.

1966

Following the discovery of the first 12 lb stone in 1966, at least seven others have been found, totaling over 100 kg in weight. They are internally fresh and may have fallen in the summer of 1907. photo

Harrisonville

46.5

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

L6

Cass Co.

1933

14 stones. photo

Independence

0.88

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L6

Jackson Co.

1917 or 1918

Observer heard a hissing/buzzing sound, and then observed a dark object falling to the ground on the side of a dirt road.

Jenkins

55.4

find

iron

coarse octahedrite

IAB

Barry Co.

1946

One mass was found 8 km northwest of Jenkins.

Kansas City (1903)

36

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

H5

Kansas City

1903

A much oxidized stone was found in Kansas City, some 6 feet below the surface.

Lanton

13.78

find

iron

medium octahedrite

IIIAB

Howell Co.

1932

Four rusted fragments were found.

Licking

8.07

find

iron

fine octahedrite

IVA

Texas Co.

2015

Found with a metal detector just below the surface in a bank beside an old road.

Little Piney

0.491

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L5

Pulaski Co.

1839

After the appearance of a fireball, followed by detonations, a stone of about 50 lb, which had struck an oak tree, was found 2 miles from Pine Bluff and 10 miles from Little Piney.

Milton

2.04

find

stony-iron

pallasite

unique

Atchison Co.

2000

A single mass was found in a bean field. abstract

Mincy

89.4

find

stony-iron

mesosiderite

MES

Taney Co.

1857

A mass of about 197 lb is stated to have fallen in 1857, 11 miles SE of Forsyth, whence it was taken to a farm in Newton County, Arkansas.

Palmyra

0.135

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L3

Marion Co.

1926

A single specimen of unrecorded weight is reported to have fallen two miles E of Palmyra. Only 135 g now known.

Perryville

17.5

find

iron

plessitic octahedrite

IIC

Perry Co.

1906

A mass of 17.5 kg was found.

St. Francois County

3.6

find

iron

coarse octahedrite

IC

St. Francois Co.

1863

A specimen weighing about 0.5 lb was found in 1863 by B.F. Shumard in the museum of the St. Louis Acad. of Sci. labeled 'S.E. Missouri' , C.U. Shepard (1869). Later a mass of over 2.5 kg was found and became known as St. Francois County.

St. Genevieve County

244.5

find

iron

medium octahedrite

IIIF

St. Genevieve Co.

1888

A mass of 539 lb was found in the extreme western portion of St. Genevieve County.

St. Louis

1

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

H4

"St. Louis Co."
may have been city

1950

A mass of 1 kg hit a car on West Florissant Ave. in St. Louis.

Seymour

25.9

find

iron

coarse octahedrite

IIICD

Webster Co.

1940

A mass of 57lb was found 6 miles NNW of Seymour (and SE of Marshfield).

Warrenton

1.6

fall

stone

carbonaceous chondrite

CO3

Warren Co.

1877

With a whistling noise a stone of about 100 lb was seen to strike a tree and break into pieces.


The following objects are listed in the Catalogue because they have been mentioned in the literature, but they are probably not real meteorites.

Fair Play

91

find

 

 

 

Polk Co.

1928

This supposed mesosiderite has been shown to be white cast iron.

Kansas City (1876)

??

fall

stone

 

 

Kansas City

1876

Doubtful. A small fragment, 1.75 inches in diameter by 0.33 inches thick, is said to have fallen on and partially pierced a tin roof.

 

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Prepared by
: Randy L. Korotev
 
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you've found until you read this and this.


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Last revised: 6-Oct-2015