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Monroe County is located in the northeastern part of the state, in the second tier of states west of the Mississippi River and four counties south of the Iowa border.  The county seat is Paris.


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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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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, Mass.



This was one of the first mills in the county. It was in Jefferson Township, three miles northeast of Florida. It was built and operated by Benjamin Bradley.

This is probably flooded by Mark Twain Lake and located near Indian Creed Recreation Area.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This mill was on North Fork, in Jefferson Township, west of Stoutsville. It was named for the owner, Richard Cave



…SEE Somerset



This was a discontinued post office and country store in Jefferson Township, northeast of Paris, a short distance from Stoutsville, on the North Fork of Salt River.  This place was named for Mr. Elliott, who built several covered bridges, one of them here in the 1860's. In early times Henry Dooley operated a ferry here, becoming wealthy because it was on the route followed by many emigrants on their way to Kansas. 

This might be where HWY 24 crosses the North Fork River.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This was a settlement in Woodlawn Township that no longer existed in 1933. The name was doubtless descriptive.

Probably located southeast of Woodlawn. (M Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This was the first settlement in the county, made in 1819 or 1820 by Ezra Fox, Andrew and Daniel Wittenburg, and others. It was named for Fox.

It is about three miles east of where Middle Grove now is.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This place was in Union Township, and was a town platted on May 31, 1888 by Adam Given, owner of the site, and it was named for him. The town did not materialize.



This mill was in Jefferson Township, south of Florida. It was owned by John Goss and John Vandeventer, and was one of the first in the county and made flour on a big scale.



This place was in Union Township, west of Middle Grove. Here was once a popular resort, there being, among other things, a store, a large hotel, and a dancing pavilion.  Thomas Harris owned the farm upon which the mineral springs were located.



This mill was in Jefferson Township on South Fork of Salt River, south of Florida. Hugh Hickman, for whom it was named, also ran a ferry, receiving his license to operate in 1837.



This community was in the north-central part of the county, northwest of Stoutsville; most of the settlers were Irish.

I'm surprised I can't find any trace of this town.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This was a rival town to Clinton, separated from it by an alley.  It was laid out Sept 20, 1836, by Col Gabriel Jones and Greenlie Hays and was named for the former. It no longer existed in 1933. 

I can't find a Clinton in Monroe County, but there is a Clinton School just northwest of North Fork.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This was a country store in Washington Township, near the Washington School, and owned by Charles L. Lichliter. It was abandoned as of 1933.



This mill was in Jefferson Township, on North Fork of Salt River. It was named for Hugh Meredith, who owned and operated it.



This was a discontinued post office and settlement in Marion Township, begun in 1870. Campbell's Gazetter states it was the original name for Evansville. Old settlers deny this.



A predominantly African-American settlement established near Holliday. The name shake rag comes from the bandanna knotted at the four corners worn by the women, who often shook their heads when talking.

I sure would like to find this, but I had no luck.  (Mike Flannigan, Jan 31, 2001)



This settlement was the second in the county, so named because it was established by Joseph Smith Sr., Alexander W. Smith, Joseph Smith Jr., and Samuel H Smith, who probably were squatters, since their names are not in the deed record. Located between Paris and Florida, between the Middle and North forks of the Salt River.  The McGees were also pioneers here.





This settlement was in Washington Township, and was laid off under the name of Clinton on Aug 5, 1836, by George Glenn, Samuel Bryan, and Spotwood Williams. When the post office was established about 1870 a little northwest of the old town, its name was changed to Somerset because of another Clinton in MO.  Both names were doubtless borrowed.



This country store was in Jackson Township, near Paris. Charles Thompson, of Illinois, bought a large tract of land here and built a handsome home and a small store. The latter was still in operation in 1933, but the house had burned down. 

This was probably southwest of Paris.  (Mike Flannigan)



This settlement in Clay Township was laid out on July 4, 1839, by Joseph Sidner.  An addition was made on July 8, 1839, by Taylor Barton, but no lots were ever sold here. The place soon became extinct. It was named for Elihu B Tompkins owner of almost a thousand acres of land in the neighborhood.



This is a discontinued post office and country store in Jackson Township, south of Paris. The name is coined, signifying that the store was a venture.





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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.

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