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Pulaski County is located in the center of the state, along the centerline, two counties

south of Jefferson City (Cole Co.).  The county seat is Waynesville.


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Unless noted otherwise, information on this web page is from original research by Gary B. Speck.  However, much information in these ghost town listings is quoted from postings to the Rootsweb Missouri Ghost Town discussion forum (MO-GT), and that information is indicated as follows.  Specific information and/or personal comments will be appropriately credited with either names or initials, like (MF) {Mike Flannigan}, or (GBS) {Me}. In some cases, I didn’t save the name, so those will be indicated as MO-GT. 


If you know of any Missouri ghost town location not listed on these pages, please contact the MO-GT discussion forum, if you are a member.  If you are not a member, please contact me and I’ll pass on the information to the group.  If you are interested in Missouri ghost towns and would like to join the group, let me know and I’ll tell you how to join the forum. 


Please note that some minor editing for editorial consistency and spelling WAS made, as well as spelling out of directions (N, SE, NNW, etc), and numbers less than ten.


Highways are marked thus...

  • CR – County Roads
  • SH – State Highway
  • USUS Highway
  • IInterstate Highway


Locations marked with a $ indicate an admission fee is charged to visit the site.

Unless noted otherwise, all indicated population figures are from the 1990 census. 

GNIS stands for the US Geologic Survey’s Geographic Names Information System. 


Many of these listed locations may be just rural post offices, country churches, schools, forts, stage stations, crossroads stores, mills or river fords, rather than what we normally consider towns.  The reason for that is that many of these smaller locations had small communities grow up around the main business. 


Memories of the past glory of these one-time active communities still float like dust in the wind over Missouri’s hillsides and prairie.  The winds of time that created these ghosts reach deep into America's Heartland and those gentle zephyrs take those past memories and deposit them in front of you.  Reach out and grab them!  Without further ado, let’s visit some of Missouri’s many hundreds of ghost towns!



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Was a post office in Piney Township from 1886 until 1901. It was named for the family who owned the land.

I think this is 3.4 miles south of Big Piney.  (MF, Jan 16, 2001)



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All the towns in this area (Fort Leonard Wood), including Bloodland, were taken over and basically razed by the army.  They now do bombing practice in this area and sometimes target the old structures. You have to be careful if you visit.  (Mike Flannigan, Jun 10, 2002)



Was a post office in southern Liberty Township. It was named for the Brownfield family.

It was reportedly discontinued by 1938, but I think it's still a going concern just across the border into Laclede Co.

(M Flannigan, Jan 16, 2001)



Was an old tavern in Cullen Township near Waynesville on the road from St Louis to Springfield. It was built in the 1850s by Hugh McCoin and named for the state of California.



Was a post office in Roubidoux Township. It was named for a small spring which issues from a nearby cave. It was discontinued before 1938.  This is a very rugged place on the Ft. Leonard Wood reservation. 

If it's not another name for the town of Hanna, then it's just west of Hanna.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 16, 2001)



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Could you tell me if there are any ghost towns in Pulaski County, Mo? I would like to know what happened to Cooksville, MO. I believe it was in that county. Fort Leonard Wood Army base now is where the town stood.

(Margaret MO-GT Jun 09, 2002)


Cookville (no S) looks like it was history before the reservation was formed.  It had no residences in 1954 that I can see.  In 1941 I see 3 residences.  St. Annie Church and School were to the south.  Dondas Church to the north.  It's a pretty neat area.  I suggest you visit it if they still allow it.  They did allow it 3 years ago.  All the towns in this area, were taken over and basically razed by the army.  They now do bombing practice in this area and sometimes target the old structures. You have to be careful if you visit. 

(Mike Flannigan, Jun 10, 2002)


Cookville is located on the west side of Roubidoux Creek, in the southwestern part of Fort Leonard Wood, about three miles east of SH 17,  (GBS)


W end of southern line Sec 13, northern line of Sec 24, T34N, R12W, Fifth Principal Mer

Lat: 37.6489316, Long: -92.2098865

Lat: 37º 38’ 56”N, Long: 92º 12’ 36”W - elevation 1010’



Was a post office in Cullen Township. It was named for J. M. Curtis, an early county judge.  It was discontinued before 1938.



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Was a post office in Liberty Township. It was discontinued by 1938.  This is another name for the town of Gascozark, which is a little over a mile east of Hazelgreen.  It is still populated.



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Punkin Center, Pumkin Center


Was a post office in Liberty Township. It was discontinued by 1938. 

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Was a village in eastern Tavern Township, one mile north of Crocker. It was abandoned before 1869. It was named for Mr. Humboldt who owned a store there.



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…SEE Richland.



Was a post office in Cullen Township. It was named for H. P. Metcalf, the first postmaster. It was discontinued before 1938.



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This could be Stillhouse Springs, or it could be over by Clementine, or it might be elsewhere. (M Flannigan, Jan 16, 2001)



Was a post office in Piney Township. It is located on a bluff. It was discontinued by 1938. 

This is a very interesting place about 1.25 miles south of Ross Bridge.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 16, 2001)



…SEE Hawkins



…SEE Hawkins



AKA –  Lyon


Was a town in western Liberty Township, laid out in 1869.  It was originally called Lyon, but the name was changed when it was discovered that there was another Lyon in MO. 

Listed as a ghost town, but I think this is present-day Richland.  (MF)



Was a post office in Roubidoux Township. It was named after Santa Anna by soldiers returning from the Mexican War. It was discontinued by 1938. 

This is a fascinating town that had a church and school, amongst other things.  Wish we could find some more history on this one.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 16, 2001)



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Was an early settlement that was abandoned for a time and then repopulated by 1938.  It was located along US 66. 

Seems odd this recent town has been lost. (MF, Jan 16, 2001)



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Was a village southeast of Waynesville. It was named for a pioneer family. It was abandoned by 1938.



Was a post office in Cullen Township. It was discontinued by 1938. It was named for the first postmaster, Mrs. Magnolia Wharton.





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