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ST. CLAIR COUNTY

MISSOURI

 

St. Clair County is located in the west-central part of the state, in the 2nd tier of counties east

of Kansas and 5th tier of counties north of Arkansas, midway between Springfield and Kansas City.

The county seat is Osceola.

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

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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THE GHOSTS

 

 

SITE NAME

 

POPULATION

1990

U.N.O.

 

DESCRIPTION & LOCATION

CHALK LEVEL

 

Chalk Level is just north of the junction of County Highways "E" and "B". I don't know much about it, because there is nothing there. It is mentioned in the report of the Younger/Pinkerton shootout. It might still be on the maps.

Contributed by John Williams, Jan 15, 2006 

MONEGAW SPRINGS

AKA – Stinking Waters

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The first and foremost (ghost town in the county) is Monegaw Springs, MO. It is located on the Osage River a few miles upstream from Roscoe, MO. It is still listed on Missouri Maps. It had a population of about 200 at one time, [around the turn of the 20th century] it now boasts about 10-12. It is important because the James and Youngers used to hide out there, in the cabin of an old African-American woman. In fact the Youngers got in a shootout north of Roscoe with a Pinkerton agent and a Sheriff's Deputy. One of the Youngers was killed, and the Sheriff's Deputy was killed outright. The Pinkerton Agent died the next day. There was a Sulphur Spring east of town that was quite an attraction in the 1800's. There is a beautiful bluff south of town. The James' and Youngers used to hang out there also.

Contributed by John Williams, Jan 15, 2006 

 

This sulfur spring was a popular resort in the 1880s.  (GBS)

OHIO

 

Ohio was on County Highway "A" just west of Lowry City Missouri.

Contributed by John Williams, Jan 15, 2006 

STINKING WATERS

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…SEE Monegaw Springs

 

 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

 

Historians estimate that there may be as many as 50,000 ghost towns scattered across the United States of America. During the next five years, Gary B. Speck Publications will be publishing unique state, regional, and county guides called

The Ghost Town Guru's Guide

to the Ghost Towns of ***

These original guides are designed for anybody interested in

ghost towns. Whether you are a casual tourist looking for a new and different place to visit, or a hard-core ghost town researcher, these guides will be just right for you. With over 30 years of research behind them, they will be a welcome addition to any ghost towner's library.

Thank you, and we'll see you out on the Ghost Town Trail!

 

For more information on the ghost towns of MISSOURI,

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IMPORTANT

 

These listings and historical vignettes of ghost towns, near-ghost towns and other historical sites in MISSOURI above are for informational purposes only, and should NOT be construed to grant permission to trespass, metal detect, relic or treasure hunt at any of the listed sites.

 

If the reader of this guide is a metal detector user and plans to use this guide to locate sites for metal detecting or relic hunting, it is the READER'S responsibility to obtain written permission from the legal property owners. Please be advised, that any state or nationally owned sites will probably be off-limits to metal detector use. Also be aware of any federal, state or local laws restricting the same.

When you are exploring the ghost towns of MISSOURI, please abide by the

 Ghost Towner's Code of Ethics.

 

 

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Missouri Ghost Town locations with names beginning:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | PQ | R | S | T | UV | W | XYZ

 

Detailed information on individual locations:

BLYTHEDALE | Haran | McLellan Spings | Rivermines

 

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FERRIES | MILLS | RURAL POST OFFICES | WAY STATIONS

 

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FIRST POSTED: Jun 19, 2004

LAST UPDATE: Oct 24, 2007

 

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