Guide to the Ghost Towns, Mining Camps,
and Other Formerly Inhabited Places in
Locations beginning with B
Without further ado, let’s visit some of
BACON Cass Co.
Bacon was a switch
BAD LICK Buchanan Co.
I'm new to the list. I have an old photograph that says it was taken in "Bad Lick", MO. I think the photo may have been taken in Buchanan Co. The time would probably have been in the 1840's. Does anyone know if there was once a town called "Bad Lick"?? (Margaret Gee, Jan 11, 2001)
BAILEY Pulaski Co.
Location not determined.
BAKERS MILL Montgomery Co.
early 1840s water-powered mill was located in southwestern
was probably located near
BALDRIDGE Pulaski Co.
Was a post office
I think this is 3.4 miles south of Big Piney. (MF)
BALLS MILL Vernon Co.
…SEE Little Osage
BALLTOWN Vernon Co.
…SEE Little Osage
BALTIMORE Franklin Co.
DEAD NAME – An early name for
BAND MILL St. Charles Co.
...SEE Cog Wheel Mill
BARNETT Maries Co.
...SEE Barnetts Station
BARNETTS STATION Maries Co.
AKA: Barnett, Barretts Station
This village was
abandoned by 1938. It was located in northern
I suspect this might be
southeast of Meta in
BARNEYS FORD Lincoln Co.
Barneys Ford was a crossing at Frenchmans Bluff.
BARRETTS STATION Maries Co.
...SEE Barnetts Station
BARRY TOWN St. Francois Co.
A short distance from Doe Run.
This might be about 1.5 miles west of Doe Run. (MF)
BARTLETT SPRINGS Pulaski Co.
Location not determined.
BARTONSVILLE Gasconade Co.
AKA – Bartonville
This was the county seat before Osage and
Used to be the county seat, and now we have almost no record of it! (Mike Flannigan)
BARTONVILLE Gasconade Co.
BASIN KNOB POST OFFICE Johnson Co.
Basin Knob Post Office was established at Basin Knob about 1853. It was removed to Pittsville after 1858.
I think this is about 2.5 miles west of Elm, MO. (MF)
BASS MILL Greene Co.
In 1915, the ruins of this 1858-1867 era steam-powered grist mill were still visible near the Pomme de Terre river and Fair Grove. In 1863 the small community of Bassville (SEE) was established at the mill.
BASSORA Franklin Co. 0
was originally laid out in 1836 along the
BASSVILLE Greene Co.
Bassville doesn't have many residences either, but it's got a large cemetery and nearby church. (MF)
I have a farm at Bassville. The church has 200 members and is very active. The cemetery is very well maintained. The old store, post office and blacksmith shop was torn town in the late 60's. By my count we have about 20 families in a one-mile radius. (BQ)
BATES COUNTY POOR FARM Bates Co.
Was located just northwest of Butler.
BATESVILLE POST OFFICE Bates Co.
Batesville Post Office was an office located at Harmony Mission in 1841, and moved to Papinsville in 1848. It was named for the county.
BAVARIA Franklin Co.
A vanished town near South Point. Platted on Sept 6, 1858.
This is just east of
BEAVER Phelps Co.
AKA – Beaver Station,
This old railroad station was probably killed by
the growth of Newburg. It is no longer
legally accessible. The
· NE¼ Sec 25, T37N, R9W.
BEAVER CREEK MINE Phelps Co.
Beaver Creek Mine is located about one mile up Iron Ore Creek, high on the ridge on the east side of the creek. You can see it on the 1985 Rolla topo. (Mike Flannigan Sep 17, 2002)
BEAVER STATION Phelps Co.
BEAVER VALLEY Phelps Co.
BECKERS LANDING Franklin Co.
A boat landing in northeast Boles Township.
This is probably near the Labadie power plant. (Mike Flannigan)
BECKS LANDING Lincoln Co.
was located on the
BEE BRANCH POST OFFICE Johnson Co.
Bee Branch Post Office was located in
BEEMONT Franklin Co. -
Listed in the 1888 Goodspeed’s History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri as one of the “other towns and post offices in Franklin County.” No other information available. It was on CR ZZ, a half mile east of the county line and about five miles north of Gerald. (GBS)
SW¼ Sec 10, T43N, R4W,
· Lat: 38.4806046, Long: -91.3593235
· Lat: 38º28’50”N, Long: 091º21’34”W - elevation 640’
BELGIQUE Perry Co.
Can anyone tell me about
the town of
It possibly got wiped
out in the 1993 flood, since it is down in the flood plain. In 1970 it had more than 20 occupied
residences and a large building (church?).
now ghost-town of Belgique, Missouri. My
father grew up on a farm between Belgique and Menfro in Perry County Missouri and he went to grade school
in Belgique. The inhabitants originally came
from Belgium and wanted to name their settlement 'Belgium', but
since a village by that name already existed in Missouri the
inhabitants decided to give their town the French name for Belgium. There
were originally 2 groups: Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Walons from
BELLANDS FERRY St. Charles Co.
Located on the Missouri River at St. Charles. Founded by J.B. Belland in 1805.
BELLE PLAINE POST OFFICE Cass Co.
Belle Plaine Post Office was located near Harrisonville. It was named for the school, which is two miles south of Harrisonville. (Mike Flannigan, Jan 02, 2001)
BELLEFONTE Pulaski Co.
Location not determined.
BELLEVILLE STORE Montgomery Co.
This discontinued Post
Office and store were located on Little Bear Creek, in eastern
BELLS MILL Bates Co.
Bells Mill was a sawmill on the
This might be present day Athol or Nyhart. (Mike Flannigan)
Located in Bonhomme Township near Hillsboro and south of Valley Park.
I doubt this is near
Located near Esther.
??? Esther is in St. Francois Co., two counties south of St. Louis Co. (Mike Flannigan)
BENTON CITY Johnson Co.
BEOUF CREEK Franklin Co.
Listed in the 1888 Goodspeed’s History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri as one of the “other towns and post offices in Franklin County.” No other information available. It was probably a misspelling of Boeuf Creek (SEE) (GBS)
BERGER SETTLEMENT Franklin Co.
An early colony along the Missouri River. (GNIS)
this is simply the existing town of
Berger had 247 folks in 1990. (GBS)
I am currently living in Berger. We have lived there for nine, years and you’re right, it is a ghost town. There are 247 or so people that live there. It is a shame that the city council has let the town go into such disarray. The flood of 1993 really hurt the town. It used to be thriving, having churches, bars (of course!), restaurants, a mortuary, beauty salon, grocery stores and much more. It is my understanding that this was a hopping town as early back as the 70's maybe even some of the '80's. The nearest town is 10 miles, which is where we have to go for food and school. The nearest WalMart and "big" town is 30 miles. Unfortunately the town has succumbed to being a ghost town, and sometimes I wonder if it is not all of the "dead and stagnant" thinking of those that run the town!
Contributed by “B” Oct 06, 2005
BERGER STATION Franklin Co.
DEAD NAME – Early name for Berger. (GBS)
BERNHEIMER Warren Co. rural
Shown in the 1995 Rand McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide, but not on the current state road map, this tiny community is located along the railroad at the junction of SH 94/CR U about five miles west of Treloar (pop-130). (GBS)
BERNICE CITY Atchison Co.
Location not determined.
BERT Maries Co.
BESTS BOTTOM POST OFFICE Montgomery Co.
This boat landing (Kallmeyers
) was on bottomland along the Missouri River in south-central Loutre Township. John Best, a Kentuckian, located here in 1808 and built a fort. Bests Bottom Post Office was also located here. The boat landing was named for Garrett Kallmeyer, owner of the landing, and here. It looks like this was across the river from Gasconade, MO. There are still a few homes in the area.
On an island in the Mississippi River at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Bird's Point was at the point where the Highway 60 bridge from KY to Cairo IL and Cairo IL to MO met, just northwest of Wickliffe, KY. It was established around 1800. (GBS)
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.
In the early 1930s, when I was about 12 years old, I remember visiting Blooming Rose, MO. where my family had some land. I collected post office cancellations at that time and I remember getting a cancellation at the Blooming Rose Post Office which was located in a small shop on county road ZZ near the point where it joins county road K. I inherited 50 acres of land in that area. Contributed by Roy Werthmuller, Nov 08, 2005
This rural community was the oldest community and the first county seat for Macon County - from 1837-1860. The first mill in the county was located here, and was built by Judge Cochran in 1837. At first the community was called Box Ancle, but the name was changed. In 1860 (GNIS claims 1863) the county seat was moved to Macon. It is located at the junction of CR O/OO, in Liberty Township in the center of the county, six miles northwest of Macon and about 3.3 miles due north of Bevier. A cemetery is located about a half mile to the west. (GBS)
This store was in southern Saline Township and was owned by a man by the name of Blue, who also operated a grist mill here. The place no longer existed in 1933. The name Brunes Store is an error that appeared on the Ralls Wall Map.
From 1820-1828, this was the original county seat for Ray County. In 1828 the county seat was shifted to Richmond. Bluffton was located on the Missouri River bluffs north of Camden. Exact location not determined. (GBS)
Eight miles south of the Iowa border, at the junction of CR N/T about two miles east of I-35 at Exit 106. Today, this sleepy agricultural community’s downtown has more gaps than buildings. It is a memory of the days when brick structures lined the street solidly for a couple blocks. At the time of our visit on May 20, 1997, the last of the old-time brick buildings was slated for demolition, to be replaced with a modern community center. (GBS)
Boles is listed in the 1888 Goodspeed’s History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri as one of the “other towns and post offices in Franklin County.” No other information available. It was located in the northeast corner of the county along Dunn Spring Creek and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, just south of the Missouri River, about four AIR miles west of Labadie. In 1880, the population was 21. (GBS)
Boone's Lick is north of Boonville. Go north on Highway 87 and turn left on Highway 187 and go west about two miles, and you will be at Boon's Lick State Historical site. This is in Howard County, Missouri just east of the Missouri River.
This settlement was extinct as of 1933. It was laid out in April 1836, by John B Hays in the center of Union Township, west of Middle Grove. The name was doubtless borrowed directly or indirectly from Boston, MA.
DO NOT confuse with the city of Bridgeton, which had a 1990 population of 17,000. The location of this Norfolk Southern Railway station is not determined, but it is PROBABLY inside the corporate limits of the city of Bridgeton. (GBS)
Brosley was a village in southwestern Coldwater Township, started in 1869 upon the opening of a store by G. R. Christopher. It was named by Major M. Deroyer for a friend in his company. The town became extinct when the Kansas City and Southern Railroad was built. It is probably fairly close to Drexel. A Brosley Christian Church was organized in 1874 in or near this town. (Mike Flannigan, Jan 02, 2001)
Browns Mill was the first steam grist and saw mill in the county. It was built by R. Brown, for whom it was named in 1874. It was closed at the beginning of the Civil War. (Mike Flannigan, Jan 02, 2001)
It was near the Hoss‑Ray‑Miller Cemetery. It is shown on an 1876 railroad map as five miles east of Yorks and 2.5 miles west of Taylors, along the old Springfield Road. It was probably east or southeast of the cemetery next to railroad.
Burnett Station was an office in eastern Post Oak Township. It was established in 1872 and named for a blacksmith who was also the postmaster. The office was discontinued in 1895 when the railroad was built and Leeton was founded. Probably was located between Leeton and New Castle.
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