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Benton County is located in the west-central part of the state in the center of a triangle due north of Springfield, southwest of Jefferson City and southeast of Kansas City.  The county seat is Warsaw.


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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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20 (1880)

Located in the northeast corner of the county. Exact map location not determined.



Location not determined.    A Civil War battle was fought here in 1861.



Chapman was a rural post office from 1887 to 1893, located 7.5 miles east of Warsaw. It was named for the man who gave the land for the town site.



Cloverdale was a village in the center of White Township and had a post office between 1867-1868.



This important lead mine is listed in 1888 Goodspeed’s History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri.  The citation reads: “Benton County contains a number of lead deposits, the most important being the Cole Cany (sic) mines.”  (GBS)


“The actual mines were located four miles south of Cole Camp on what was once a station called Tahoma on the Sedalia, Warsaw and Southern Railroad line to Warsaw MO. (Abandoned 1946). The site was also known as Raymond and once had eight different mines producing lead, zinc, barites and some silver. It once had 40 families, two general stores, a blacksmith, hotel, post office and the mines employed over 100 men. Most mining activity ended prior to World War I (1916) but some of the tailing piles were reworked up into the 1920s and creek gravel was mined from Cole Camp Creek into the 1940s.  Today the site has evidence of tailing and chat piles and concrete foundations of the mill. There are open water filled shafts also in the area.” 

Contributed by: Kenneth L. Bird, Cole Camp Area Historical Society


The town of Cole Camp has a population of about 1025, and is very much alive.  (GBS)


25 (1880)

Location not determined. 


35 (1880)

Located in the southeast part of the county.  Exact map location not determined. 



Fargo was a rural post office from 1895 to 1901.  It was possibly named for W. G. Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo Express Company.



Fredonia was a rural post office from 1896 to 1910. It was located on the Osage River in northern Union Township. The name means "Home of Freedom".



AKA:  Old Town


Fristoe Town was an early trading post or village north of Warsaw.  It was established by Judge M. Fristoe, and was a formidable rival with Warsaw in the race for the County Seat in 1837. It was also called Old Town because it was older than Bledsoes Landing. 


It could be that Fristoe and some of these others are now under the Osage River after the dam was built at Warsaw.  (Dolores 12/30/2001)


I suspect you are right.  Probably quite a few are underwater now.  (MF)


The current town of Fristoe had 70 folks in 1990.  (GBS)



Fuller was a rural post office from 1897 to 1899.



Garretts Mill was a sawing, planing, hub and spoke mill on Grand River, 3.5 miles northeast of Warsaw. It operated in 1874, and was named for the owner.



Gibson was a rural post office in 1889 and 1891.  It was named for the first owner of the store here.



Grange Hall was located at Palo Pinto, during its days as a trading post. It was an assembly hall named for the secret associations known as Grangers.



50 (1880)

Hockman was a rural post office from 1886 to 1904. It was located in eastern Fristoe Township, nine miles east of Dell. It was named for W. W. Hockman, a prosperous farmer who moved to Benton Co. in 1875.

This is now Majorville.  (Mike Flannigan)



Johnson Spur was located in the central part of Williams Township along the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. It was named from the owner of the land on the ridge.



Kreissels Mill was a rural post office (1874) and mill in the southern part of William Township, along a branch of Cole Camp Creek. It was named for the owner of this early mill and post office.

This is a remote area and not much appears to be left of it. 

(Mike Flannigan)



Lakeside Estate was a lake resort located on the north bank of the Osage River in southern Cole Township.

The community of Lakeside had a population of 60 in 1990.  It may be at or near the site of Lakeside Estate.  (GBS)



AKA:  Lessley


Leslie was a former village named after a local family.  It was located in the southeast corner of the county on the southern boundary of Union Township, about 6.5 miles east of the Smith - Black Cemetery. 


That would be where CH-YY crosses the Benton/Hickory county line south of CH-AA.  This is a VERY remote area.  Only 1 or 2 homes remain.  (MF)

Sec. 2, T38N, R21W

Approximate Latitude 38° 03’ 47” N, Longitude 093° 07’ 17” W.



…SEE Leslie



Lower Ferry crossed the Osage River at Warsaw. It was established by George Hooper. It was so called because it was a little below the Upper Ferry.



AKA:  Hockman


Hockman was a rural post office from 1886 to 1904. It was located in eastern Fristoe Township, nine miles east of Dell. It was named for W. W. Hockman, a prosperous farmer who moved to Benton Co. in 1875.


This is now Majorville.  (Mike Flannigan)



Melvin was a rural post office from 1897 to 1899. It was probably named from the Christian name of the first postmaster.



SEE Mountain View


AKA:  Mount View


Mountain View was a rural post office located in southeastern Fristoe Township. It was established in 1853 as Mount View. The name was changed about 1862. It was discontinued in 1895. It was named for its location. 



Nay was located in central Williams Township and was a family name.



SEE Fristoe Town



Location not determined. 



Upper Ferry crossed the Osage River above Warsaw. It was a little above Lower Ferry.





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