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  • Unless noted otherwise, most of these listings are quoted from postings to Rootsweb’s Missouri Ghost Town discussion forum (THE LIST).  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.  
  • Unless noted otherwise, indicated population figures are from the 1990 census. (In the next year these should be updated to the 2000 census.)  If the population is listed as 0*, the asterisk indicates “assumed”, based on other facts.
  • 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 types of locations had small communities grow up around the main business. 
  • When a current town that is not listed in this work went by a different name, or a name markedly different than its present name, it is indicated by the DEAD NAME entry.  These are noted due to the fact that these names MAY be discovered in research, and by listing them here, it makes it easier for the researcher to discover the current name.
  • In all the listings below, personal comments will be noted with either names or initials, like (MF) {Mike Flannigan}, or (GBS) {Me}. In some cases, I didn’t write down the name, but only an e-mail address, so I left them in.  If you know of any Missouri ghost town location not listed on these pages, please contact THE LIST if you are a member, or me if not.  I will pass on the information to THE LIST.
  • Highways are marked thus...
    • CR – County Roads
    • SH – State Highway
    • US – US Highway
    • I – Interstate Highway
  • Locations marked with a $ indicate an admission fee is charged to visit the site.
  • Locations with part of the name HIGHLIGHTED are linked to a page listing “all” locations of the same type such as those listed below.  Many times these type of locations acted as a magnet for a small community that later faded away.  Some of these locations included: Ferries, Mills (These include flouring, grist and logging mills.), Mines (and the associated mining camps), Rural Post Offices (These were usually small “post offices” located in a farmer’s home or out building.  They served folks in outlying farming areas, and often acted as a community center or gathering place to catch up on the latest gossip or commodity prices.), Way Stations (These include railroad & stage stations, rural stores, taverns, or other stopping points along transportation routes.).
  • See also our Ghost Town Index, listed by County.


Without further ado, let’s visit some of Missouri’s many hundreds of ghost towns!





MACEDONIA                                                              Phelps Co.

            Location not determined


MACEDONIA SCHOOL                                              Phelps Co.

            Location not determined


MACKIE                                                                      Franklin Co.

            ...SEE Meramec Hills (below)


MADGE                                                                        McDonald Co.

            Location not determined.        


MAGNET                                                                     Atchison Co.

            Location not determined.        


MAJORVILLE                                                             Benton Co.                                           rural

AKA – Hockman

Originally called Hockman, this was a rural post office from 1886 to 1904, and 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.

Majorville is listed in Rand McNally with a 1990 population of “Rural”.  (GBS)


MALLARD                                                                    Henry Co.

Mallard was a station on the K C & S Railroad in central Honey Creek Township where duck hunters got off the train. It was named for the duck.


MAMMOTH MINE                                                      Jefferson Co.

This lead mine was located in Missouri’s Southeast Lead District.  It is said to have been a number of caves in which “millions of pounds of lead were found adhering to the sides and roof…” The exact location of this mine is not determined.  (GBS)


MAPLE LAKE STATION                                             St. Charles Co.

            A stop northeast of Maple Lake.

            I think this is the town of Firma, which is abandoned now. (Mike Flannigan)


MARAIS DES LIARDS                                               St. Louis Co.

            DEAD NAME – This was one of the several early names for the city of Bridgeton, (1990 population - 17,000)  (GBS)


MARAMEC SPRING                                                    Phelps Co.

Ruins of the oldest ironworks west of the Mississippi River are located here.  Maramec Spring is located on Highway 8, east of St. James. $ This is probably the same location as Meramec Springs…(GBS)


MARSHALL HEIGHTS                                                St. Louis Co.

Located near Kings Station on the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Probably located near St. Louis University. (Mike Flannigan, Dec 30, 2000)


MARSHALL MILL                                                        Greene Co.

This old steam-powered grist mill was established on the James River at the mouth of Finley Creek, by John Marshall.  He relocated the old Ingle Mill to Franklin Township around 1858.

            Sec 16, T30.


MARTINS MILL                                                         Lincoln Co.

         AKA – Geigers Mill

            Martins Mill was a water mill at Moscow in West Monroe Township.


MARTINS MILL                                                         Vernon Co.

Martins Mill was located on Clear Creek in south-central Virgil Township before 1844. (GNIS)

Wow, this is an old one.  Maybe near Sulphur Springs Church? Very interesting area. (MF)


MARVEL POST OFFICE                                             Bates Co.

Marvel Post Office was located on the Marais des Cygnes in New Home Township.   It was discontinued after 1876. It was named for the man who ran the post office.


MARVIN CAMP GROUNDS                                        St. Louis Co.

A religious center on St. Charles Road.  (Used) for camp meetings.

It's located near Schuermann Heights.  (Mike Flannigan)


MARVIN POST OFFICE                                            Henry Co.

Marvin Post Office was located in Davis Township near where Delmar now stands. It was named for a minister, who was a prominent citizen and was in the legislature.


MAUNES STORE                                                       Franklin Co.

            A store in Boone Township 0.5 mile south of Japan.


MAY                                                                            McDonald Co.

            Location not determined.        


McCOYS MILL                                                            Lawrence Co.

McCoys Mill was named for its owner.


McCRACKENS MILL                                    Greene Co.

Was built in 1822, on the James River near the mouth of Pearsons Creek, and named for the owner.

Anybody ever heard of Kershner Cemetery.  It may have been near there or west of there. (Mike Flannigan)


McCULLOCKS MILL                                                    Lincoln Co.

            …SEE Widow McCullocks Mill


McDANIELS                                                               Ste. Genevieve Co.                               -

A siding near the county line.


McDONALD                                                                Barry Co.

Was a town plotted in 1841 and was the county seat for a short time. It was named for a local family.


McELHANON & PERKINS MILL                                Greene Co.

            ...SEE Perkins Mill


McGREGORS FORD                                                    Lincoln Co.

McGregors Ford was a crossing on Big Creek in southwest Clark Township.


McLELLANDS SPRINGS                                            Cass Co.

McLellands Springs was a town and an office laid out by M. A. McLelland in 1892 in Coldwater Township adjoining McLellands Springs, for which it was named.  Please note some spellings do not add the “DS”        

See individual page for additional information contributed Aug 4, 2006 by Donald Meador Sr.


McMILLANS MILL                                                     Lincoln Co.      

         AKA – David McMillans Mill

            David McMillans Mill was an early mill named for the owner.


McNATTS STORE                                                     Lawrence Co.

McNatts Store was a trading point three miles northeast of Aurora.  It was built in 1849 by J. C. McNatt.


McNEILS MILL                                                           Vernon Co.

            McNeils Mill was located at Balltown and named for Col. McNeil. (MF)


McNIGHT VILLAGE                                                   St. Louis Co.

Located west of Clayton.


McPEAK SWITCH                                                      Bates Co.

McPeak Switch was located on the St Louis and San Francisco Railroad close to the Kansas Line. It was named for John G McPeak, who had a coal mine.


McPHERSON                                                              Adair Co.

            Location not determined.        


McSPADDINS MILL                                                   St. Charles Co.

            Located on Callaways Fork.


MEDAL                                                                        New Madrid Co.

            Exact location of this historical location not determined.


MELROSE                                                                   St. Louis Co.                             rural

            Was located off Highway 109, by Rockwoods Reservation.  (Michelle Robinson)


Melrose has been very small in recent times.  It had only about three occupied structures in 1954.  I suspect it is still small given its location.  The old Melrose School is quite a ways east down the road.  Melrose School (abandoned) is on the southwest side of the road, high up on a hill, approx 1.2 driving miles to the east of Melrose. Coming from the other way it is about 1.06 driving miles from Hwy 100.  (Mike Flannigan)


MELVIN                                                  Benton Co.

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


MENTON                                                                    Maries Co.

Menton was a rural post office in northern Boone Township that was discontinued by 1938.


MENTOR                                                                     St. Louis Co.

A station on the Missouri-Pacific Railroad now a part of Rock Hill.  I suspect this could be close to Douglas High School.  (Mike Flannigan, Dec 30, 2000)


Rock Hill had a 1990 population of 5217, and is located about two miles west of the St. Louis city limits.  (GBS)


MERAMEC HILLS                                                     Franklin Co.

         AKA – Frisco Heights, Mackie, Morley, and Shewell

Located on the railroad just southwest of Robertsville.


MERAMEC SPRINGS                                                  Phelps Co.                                            -

            AKA - Merimec

Ruins of the country’s oldest ironworks west of the Mississippi River.  It is located on SH 8, just west of the county line, about six miles southeast of St. James. $  (GBS)

Was located in northeastern Meramec Township. It was a town of about 500 people before the iron furnaces closed in 1873. It was abandoned before 1938. It was named for Meramec Springs.  (GNIS)

Lat: 37.9553206, Long: -91.5348755

Lat: 37º57’19”N, Long: 091º32’06”W - elevation 807’


MERAMEC STATION                                                St. Louis Co.

Highway 141 used to just be called "County Rd to Manchester".  Meramec Station was located in Valley Park, just east of Hwy 141.  (Michelle Robinson)

Where Meramec School is now (or used to be).  (Mike Flannigan)


MEREDITHS MILL                                                     Monroe Co.

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


MERIMEC                                                                   Phelps Co.

            …SEE Meramec Springs


MERRIMAC COUNTY                                                 (Merrimac Co.)

            DEAD NAME – There was an attempt to establish a county by this name, but it failed.  (GBS)


METCALF                                                                    Pulaski Co.

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


MID WAY                                                                   Bates Co.

Mid Way was a filling station on Highway 71 established about 1930. It was named because it was midway between Rich Hill and Butler.

            This must be near Athol. (Mike Flannigan)


MILL                                                                            St. Charles Co.

            Located in Central Township.

I don't show a Central Township for St. Charles County. (Mike Flannigan)


MILL GROVE                                                              Monroe Co.

This was a discontinued post office and settlement in Marion Township, begun in 1870.

Campbell's Gazetteer states it was the original name for Evansville. Old settlers deny this. 

(Mike Flannigan)


MILL SPRING MILLS                                     Franklin Co.

            Located in northwest Central Township on the Meramec River.

It would make more sense if this was located in northwest Central Township on the Boubeuse River. 

(Mike Flannigan)


MILLARD                                                                     Adair Co.                                             71

            Lat 40° 06' 26" N, Long 092° 32' 45" W.


MILLBROOK                                                                Cole Co.                                                -

            Location not determined, but it is probably near Lohman (Stringtown).

            (Contributed by Marie Lacey – May 14, 2007)


MILLER BROTHERS                                       Barton Co.

            Location not determined


MILLERS BEND                                                          Franklin Co.

            DEAD NAME – An early name for New Haven.  (GBS)


MILLERS LANDING                                                   Franklin Co.

DEAD NAME – An early name for New Haven.  (GBS)


MILLERS STATION                                                  Franklin Co.

            DEAD NAME – An early name for New Haven.  (GBS)


MILLERSBURG                                                           Franklin Co.

            DEAD NAME – An early name for New Haven.  (GBS)


MILLS                                                                         all counties

            For a list of the various types of mills in the state of Missouri, go to our MILLS page.


MILLVILLE                                                                  Morgan Co.                                           0

In 1833, when Morgan County was formed, Millville was chosen as the county seat.  In 1834, the seat was moved to Versailles, and in 1888, Millville was “extinct”.  (GBS)


MILTON STATION                                                   St. Louis Co.    

Located in Central Township.


MINCKE/MINKE                                                      St. Louis Co.

Was located where Castlewood State Park currently is.  (Michelle Robinson)


Minke – This town is really Mincke.  GNIS and other sources have it spelled wrong.  It's (actually) on the south side of the river on the Tyson Research Center grounds. It is a fascinating ghost town.  You should try to visit this place and inspect this area.  You'll need to call them and get permission to go past their gate.  (Mike Flannigan)  PRIVATE PROPERTY


MINE LA MOTTE                                                      Madison Co.

            AKA – La Motte Lead Mine

This is Missouri’s oldest lead mine, originally discovered in 1720 by LaMotte and Renault.  Some mining took place, but it really took off during the Spanish reign, and in 1789 they built the first reverberatory lead furnace in what is now the United States.  Some nickel and cobalt was also produced as a byproduct. Exact location not determined.  Not to be confused with the Madison County TOWN of the same name.  (GBS)


The La Motte Mine is located just north of Frederictown on Hwy 00.  It is now known as the Offsets.

(Contributed by: D.L. Whited - Apr 21, 2007)


MINE NUMBER 1                                                      Adair Co.                                             Rural

            Lat 40° 14' 44" N, Long 092° 42' 16" W – Elevation: 881’.


MINEOLA                                                                   Montgomery Co.                                               60       

This tiny town is located in the western part of the county, just a couple miles west-southwest of Danville. 


MINEOLA SPRING                                                    Montgomery Co.                                  

            Anybody heard of Mineola Springs?  (Mike Flannigan)


MINERSVILLE                                                            Christian Co.

Was an old settlement in the heart of the lead mines, and named for its principal inhabitants.


MINES                                                                        all counties

            For a list of the various mines in the state of Missouri, go to our MINES page.


MINES                                                                        Adair Co.                                            

            Lat 40° 12' 45" N, Long 092° 48' 48" W – Elevation: 1010


MISSOURI MINE                                                      St. Francois Co.

Located on US 32, near the town of Flat River at the north end of St. Joe State Park, this state historic site is the site of the lead-milling complex for the St. Joe Mine.  (GBS)


MISSOURITON                                                         St. Charles Co.

A village in northeast Femme Osage Township on the northwest bank of the Missouri River. Founded by Daniel Boone and his son. Declined after the failure to locate the capitol there.

Sounds like this is where the Femme Osage goes into the Missouri river.  (Mike Flannigan)


MITCHELL                                                                  Phelps Co.                                            -

Post Office 1895‑1911. Looks to be same place as Dunivin (c1911 road map). The 1877 railroad map has 'Douglas' in same place. Earlier maps have 'Douglas City'.  (MO-GT, Dave P, Sep 07, 2002)


MITCHELL                                                                  St. Francois Co.                                   100

Located about a mile south of Leadwood and about four miles west of Park Hills.  It had 25 folks in 1980, but grew to 100 in 1990.


MODOC                                                                       Audrain Co.

            Location not determined.


MOLLITORS MILL                                                    St. Charles Co.

            An early mill on the Peruque River.


MONEGAW SPRINGS                                                St. Clair Co.                                         -

            AKA – Stinking Waters      

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 who lived there. 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)


MONNIGS MILL                                                        Montgomery Co.

            …SEE Erbslow & Monnigs Mill


MONTANA                                                                 Iron Co.

            …SEE Enough


MONTEVALLO (1st site)                                              Vernon Co.                                           0

            AKA – Old Montevallo

Old Montevallo was a town located 1.5 miles northwest of Montevallo founded by W. Withers in 1850. Its name comes from two Spanish words meaning hill and valley.  (MF)


MONTICELLO                                                            Howard Co.

This town was located northwest of Glasgow toward Chariton. This town was founded in 1821 and named for the home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia.  (GNIS)

            I suspect this is near Aholt, MO.  (Mike Flannigan)


MONTICELLO                                                Jefferson Co.

DEAD NAME – From 1835-1837, this was the original name for Hillsboro, and was changed when the county seat relocated there from Herculaneum.  (GBS)


MOONTOWN                                                             St. Francois Co.

            Once located near Bonne Terre.  Sure would like to find this one.  (Mike Flannigan)

Moon Town is located (on the) south edge of Bonne Terre on Rock Quarry Hill.  Parks Salvage is on top.  (Angie, May 31, 2001) 

Is now part of the north west section of Bonne Terre. (Pam Shelton, February 26, 2002)


MORLEY                                                                      Franklin Co.

            ...SEE Meramec Hills (above)



MORRIS TOWN                                                         St. Francois Co.          

         Located just west of Doe Run.

Welbourn Town was also in this area.  I think these are near German Cemetery, but I'm not sure.  (Mike Flannigan)


MORSCHELS                                                              St. Louis Co.

Was located in what is now the line between Castlewood State Park and Lone Elk Park.  (Michelle Robinson)

Morschels has had about 30 occupied structures since 1947.  It seems to be a popular place.  (Mike Flannigan)

It’s not listed by Rand McNally.  (GBS)


MOSELLE FURNACE                                                  Franklin Co.                                          0

         AKA – Stellaville Furnace

This charcoal-powered iron furnace was located about three-quarters of a mile from the station at Moselle, in Sec 14, T42N, R1E.  It was built in 1849.  The ore was mined locally and at Benton Creek Bank in Crawford Co.  In 1850 the furnace began operation as a “cold-blast” process, and yielded five-six tons of pig iron a day.  It was then hauled by wagon to the Missouri River and shipped.  The furnace was sold in 1856 or 1857 and operated until 1859.  It reopened in 1866 at which time it was converted to a hot-blast process, the furnaces were remodeled and smokestacks were raised to 34’.  Production increased to 20-30 tons per day.  It closed in 1874.  (GBS)


MOSS FORD                                                               Lincoln Co.

Moss Ford was a crossing on North Fork Cuivre River in northwest Waverly Township.


MOSSY RESORT                                                        Pulaski Co.

            Location not determined


MOUNT HELICON                                                     Franklin Co.

            DEAD NAME – Early name for Sullivan,  (GBS)


MOUNT HOPE                                                            Franklin Co.                                          rural

This rural community is located about seven miles southeast of St. Clair on SH 47, about 1.5 miles south of the junction with

SH 30, at the SW corner of Sec 12 and the SE corner Sec 11, T41N, R1E, Prairie Township at an elevation of 703’.  (GBS)

Lat: 38.2983852, Long: -90.8737465

Lat: 38º17’54”N, Long: 090º52’25”W


MOUNT HOPE MINE                                                Franklin Co.                                          0

            AKA – Mt. Hope Mine

This lead mine was located in Sec 3 & 4, T41N, R1E and Sec 28, T42N, R1E.  It and the Caswell and Cove mines were near each other, and the three of them together had produced 15,000 tons of galena by 1888.  (GBS)

GNIS says there are two mines with the same name in the county.  Both are located near each other, as the descriptions cover the T & R numbers above.  There is a small town called Mt. Hope in the vicinity.  Possibly the mines are nearby?  Exact locations not given.  (GBS)

#1 - Located in northwestern Prairie Township on the Virginia lode.

#2 - Located in eastern Central Township. 


MOUNT PLEASANT                                                   Barry Co.

…SEE Mount Pleasant (Lawrence Co.)


MOUNT PLEASANT                                                   Lawrence Co.

Mount Pleasant was the County Seat of Barry Co. until 1840 when Lawrence County was formed from it.  It was located near Pierce City.


MOUNT VERNON                                                      Franklin Co.                                          0

“The first ferry-boat in the vicinity of Washington was run across the Missouri River, about one mile above the present ferry landing at Mount Vernon, a town laid out before Washington (1839), but soon afterward abandoned.”  (Goodspeed)

Was this ferry based on the Franklin County side?  (GBS)


MOUNT VERNON                                                      Lafayette Co.                                       0

This was the original county seat for Lafayette County from 1820-1824.  When it moved to Lexington, the town faded.  It was located on the Missouri River bluffs east of Tabo Creek.  That would probably put it in the area between US 24 and the river, and west of Dover.  Exact location not determined. (GBS)


MOUNT VERNON                                                      Moniteau Co.                                       

This village was laid out in the fall of 1836 or 1837 by H. Ray and John T Thornton, the first general merchants. It was used as a river landing before there was a store. It was named after George Washington's home in Virginia, because of similarities in location.  Both were on hills leading to rivers. 

(Mike Flannigan)


MOUNT VIEW                                          Benton Co.

SEE Mountain View (below)


MOUNTAIN                                                              McDonald Co.                                       Rural

            Location not determined.

            Elevation 1080'


MOUNTAIN VIEW                                                    Benton Co.

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. 


MUDVILLE                                                                  Phelps Co.

            Obviously a humorous nickname. (MF)


MUNGER RESORT                                                     Pulaski Co.

            Location not determined



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