Plato is an incorporated village in northwestern Texas County, Missouri, United States. It is located about twenty miles northwest of Houston and ten miles south of Fort Leonard Wood on Route 32. Plato had an estimated population of 65 in 2007. The community was founded in 1874 and is named after the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. It is the birthplace of screenwriter Josh Senter who is known for his work on Desperate Housewives.