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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!






O'MEARA                                                                    St. Francois Co.

A station on the Missouri-Pacific Railroad five miles southeast of Farmington.


OAK DALE                                                                   Shelby Co.                                           -

In 1835, this was designated the first county seat.  In 1836 it was moved to Shelbyville.  There is an Oak Dale Church indicated on GNIS about 6.5 miles southeast of Shelbyville.  This could possibly be the site of the town.  (GBS)


OAK GROVE                                                               St. Louis Co.

A settlement in Bonhomme Township.

I suspect this is near Oak Grove School near Chesterfield.  (Mike Flannigan)


            Chesterfield is located in the northwestern part of the township on the St. Louis & Southwestern Railroad,

            and in 1990 had over 41,000 people.  (GBS)


OAK ISLAND SCHOOL                                              New Madrid Co.

            Exact location of this historical location not determined.


OAK RIDGE                                                                Lincoln Co.

            Oak Ridge was located in east-central Hurricane Township.


OAK RIDGE                                                                St. Louis Co.

Located in northwestern Carondelet Township.


OAK RIDGE SCHOOL                                                New Madrid Co.

            Exact location of this historical location not determined.


OAKFIELD                                                                 Franklin Co.                                          30 (1880)

This former village was located on SH 100, four miles north of Pacific in NE¼ Sec 26, T44N, R2E, Boles Township.  It was established in 1842 and by 1888 had faded.  It had a post office, general store, Evangelical Church, a gunsmith and a school  -  Oakfield Academy.  (GBS)

The school was located:

·        Lat: 38.5272753, Long: -90.7567976

·        Lat: 38º31’38”N, Long: 090º45’24”W


OAKLAWN CAMP                                                       Warren Co.

A tourist camp west of Warrenton.


OETTINGS GROVE                                                   Warren Co.

A picnic ground in Gore.


OFFSETS MINE                                                         Madison Co.

            …SEE Mine La Motte


OHIO                                                                          St. Clair Co.

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

Contributed by John Williams, Jan 15, 2006


OLCOTT STATION                                                   St. Louis Co.

Located near Wellston.


OLD ALEXANDRIA                                                     Lincoln Co.                                           0

Old Alexandria was a town on the old site of Alexandria. Old Alexandria was established about 1860 and deserted by1886.


OLD BLOOM LANDING                                             Maries Co.                                            0

Old Bloom Landing was a landing on the Gasconade River in Jackson Township. Iron “blooms” were hauled here from the old Meramec Iron Works in Phelps Co.  It was already abandoned by 1938.

This must be near Indian Ford Lodge.  (Mike Flannigan)


OLD CHARITON                                                        Chariton Co.

            …SEE Chariton


OLD FRANKLIN                                                          Howard Co.

            ...SEE Franklin (1st site)


OLD JEFFERSON                                                       Saline Co.

            …SEE Jefferson


OLD MILL                                                                   Lincoln Co.

            Old Mill was located on a fork of Mill Creek in Union Township.


OLD MONROE FERRY                                                St. Charles Co.

            The ferry opposite Old Monroe.


OLD MONTEVALLO                                                   Vernon Co.

            …SEE Montevallo (1st site)


OLD RED MILL                                                           Lawrence Co.

…SEE The Old Red Mill


OLD SYLVANIA                                                         Dade Co.

Old Sylvania was platted by a coal company from Allegheny, PA., and named for that state. The Civil War came, ending the project. At the end of the war a new town was laid out three miles to the north and also given the name Sylvania.  The original site was renamed “OLD” Sylvania.


OLD TOWN                                                           Benton Co.

SEE Fristoe Town


OLDENBURG                                                               Gasconade Co.

The county history says this place was on the Gasconade River just below the mouth of Sugar Camp Creek, but local inquiry produced no information. It was perhaps named by the German settlers for the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg in Holstein, Germany. There are a large number (about 20) of houses and at least two cemeteries still in this area.  (Mike Flannigan)


OLNEY (FORD)                                                           Lincoln Co.                                           100

         AKA – Ninevah

Apparently this little town began as a ford crossing the river.  The farmer on whose land it was didn't really give it a name, but the post office was called "Lost Creek" or "Lost Branch". When it grew up and was called Ninevah and for some unknown reason was changed to Olney. That's about all I know……There was a mill there, too, called Richardson's Mill, I think. 

Ninevah was established in 1855 by Joseph Wells.  It later became known as Olney. (From the book Map of Lincoln County Missouri, first published in 1860 by Edmund Ellis, reproduced in atlas form by the Lincoln County Genealogical Society, 1993)

            Contributed by Shellie Allen (Feb 2002)


ONYX                                                                          Pulaski Co.

This could be Stillhouse Springs, or it could be over by Clementine, or it might be elsewhere.  (Mike Flannigan)


ORLEANS                                                                   Polk Co.                                                0

Orleans was near Aldrich.  It was a very old trading point on the Little Sac River, south of Aldrich.  It was named for New Orleans, with which it traded.  (Mike Flannigan, Mar 02, 2002)


ORRVILLE                                                                   St. Louis Co.

Was located on Highway 109, north of Clayton Road. (Michelle Robinson)

Orrville is also building up quickly.  It had only about five occupied structures in 1982.  (Mike Flannigan)

It isn’t listed in the 1995 Rand McNally (GBS)


OTTEN MINE                                                                        Franklin Co.                                          0

This lead mine opened in late 1887 or early 1888, and was located in the southwestern bend of the Bourbeuse River in Sec 3, T42N, R1E, Boles Township.  (GBS)


OTTO SPUR                                                               New Madrid Co.

            Exact location of this historical railroad spur is not determined.


OVID                                                                          Ray Co.                                                 0

Located at the 90º bend on CR E, three miles north of its junction with CR K, in the northeast corner of the county 6.5 AIR miles southeast of Cowgill (Caldwell Co.), and nine AIR miles southwest of Braymer (Caldwell Co.).  There are no buildings shown at that location on GNIS.  (GBS)

·        Lat: 39.4675127, Long: -93.8841041

·        Lat: 39º28’03”N, Long: 093º53’03”W - elevation 925’


OWENBY SETTLEMENT                                           Macon Co.

            …SEE Bloomington


OWENS FORT                                                           St. Louis Co.

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


OWENS STATION                                                    St. Louis Co.

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


OWINGS STORE                                                       Montgomery Co.                                              

This store was in southern Bear Creek Township, and was operated by and named for David R. Owings. The High Hill post office operated here for a short time after its removal from the present site of Jonesburg.  (Mike Flannigan)


OZARK IRON WORKS                                               Phelps Co.

I think the Ozark Iron Works is different.  I have three different locations for the Ozark Iron Works,

all within about 2.5 miles of each other.  But all three are about 12.5 miles south-southwest of the Buckland Mine, down in Spring Creek Township.  It's entirely possible - even probable - that ore from the Buckland Mine was processed at the Ozark Iron Works, but I just don't know.  That Ozark Iron Works is down by the old Pleasant Hill School. 

(Mike Flannigan Sep 15, 2002)


The Ozark Iron Works is a registered historic site. All that remains today is a single furnace stack. It is about two miles west of Newburg on CR P, near the confluence of Mill Creek/Little Piney Creek. There was a post office 1873-1882.  The name was changed to Knotwell, and that post office operated 1882-1884). I think it was at or near York (or Yorks). I believe it was operated by the last owners of Maramec Iron Works. It became too expensive to operate Maramec because they had to haul ore and wood from too far away, plus they did not have direct access to the railroad. As a result, they moved to Ozark, which was beside the railroad.

I came across a map that calls Bucklands 'Cabeen'. I also remember a map - which is now lost - calling the mines in the area 'Beaver Valley Mines'. The map also showed a railroad spur running up Beaver Creek near where it meets Iron Ore Creek. I don’t know if it was built or just projected. 

W½ Sec 21, T37N, R9W  (Dave P Sep 16, 2002)


The site you describe (above) is the remains of the Ozark Iron Works and is five miles west of the Buckland Mine.  The Alhambra Grotto was located near there, probably north of the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, I hear some local kids burned that place to the ground about 15+ years ago (ca.1987 ??? – GBS).  I think the other large, old building located just south of the railroad tracks was a hotel.

            Here are my notes on Alhambra Grotto:  "This was a club gathering place.  An iron furnace that was a copy of the Maramec Iron Furnace at St. James was built in this area.  A local doctor, Richard E. Myers, bought the property and attempted a restoration in the ~1980's, but the structure burned to the ground.  The club was probably on the N side of the RR tracks."

(Mike Flannigan Sep 17, 2002)


OZARK MILLS                                                            Iron Co.                                               _

            Location not determined        


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