St. Francois County, Missouri
“The area hosted a number of mining company operations over the years. The Doe Run Lead Company had a plant at Rivermines with shafts sunk in 1893 and 1894. By 1903, the Doe Run Company employed about 677 men in the surrounding area.
Central Lead Company and later the St. Joseph Lead Company also had operations
in the Rivermines area. The railroad, running through
Rivermines was built in 1894 by the
was a hotel in Rivermines named the Crews Hotel which
was located at
in the early days was centered around the Country
Grocery Store. The original store was
located at approximately
“St. Joe bought all the holdings of the Doe Run Lead Company in 1917 and the Federal Lead Company in 1923.
“The highway known as Highway 32 which runs through Rivermines, was built in 1928. In 1930, the population of Rivermines was 721. The history of Rivermines is a history of quality people who were proud of the village and its place in the development of the Lead Belt area.
West of Flat River between Flat River and Elvins. *NOTE* About 1993 Elvins, Esther, Flat River, and Rivermines consolidated and became known as Park Hills.
(Contributed via E-mail, by Pam Shelton, February 26, 2002)
“In 1994 the village of Rivermines was consolidated with Flat River, Esther, and Elvins, and the area encompassing these four towns was renamed Park Hills, Missouri, by which name it is known today (2002).”
Contributed via E-mail, by B. Warner on August 21, 2002.
The consolidation occurred January 01, 1994. However, it appears Rivermines is really not a true ghost town, but just a faded mining town absorbed by a growing town. Its listing here is more due to that history as well as it being a DEAD NAME. Looking at the terra server map, it looks like there were also a number of other small communities in the area, including: Cantwell, Highly Heights, Desloge, Fairview Acres, Gumbo (50-100), Leadwood, Drytown, Mitchell (25-100), Derby (0-rural), Leadington, Federal and Hurryville (60-60). These all are outside the corporate limits of Park Hills, but fall into its sphere of influence. Ones in blue (linked to page) are listed elsewhere in this work. Ones in bold are part of an adjacent community. Those not highlighted are not listed as they fall outside the parameters to be included in this work. (GBS)
Population figures: 1930 – 721, 1970 - 402, 1980 - 414
Esther 1970 - 1040, 1980 - 1038
Elvins 1970 - 1660, 1980 - 1548
PARK HILLS 1970 - 7545*, 1980 - 7474*, 1990 – 7744
Population figures for the “future” Park Hills derived from addition of the
populations of the four towns making up the
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