A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets
Past and Present
of Dallas County, Missouri

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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Andersonville.

See Urbana.

Bennett Spring Christian Church Camp

What is now known as the Bennett Spring Christian Church Camp met for the first time at Lindenlure, in Christian County, in 1936. This was the home of the camp for three years. The next two years the camp met at Camp Aurora in Dallas County. In 1941, fifty acres were purchased near Bennett Spring, Mo., where the camp has become permanently established. It is on U. S. Highway 64, 14 miles northwest of Lebanon, in Dallas County. Bennett Spring Christian Church Camp, E. T. Sechler.

Boyd

This was a post-office eleven miles south of Buffalo. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, p. 184.) It was in the southwest part of the county, in Jackson Township, near the northwest corner of Webster County. (--Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26.) It is not shown in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

Buffalo

It was located by Joseph F. Miles, who built the first house in 1839. The town was incorporated in 1854, and again in 1870. The square (1874) contained the court-house designed by Dr. E. Hovey, while superintendent of the public buildings in 1868. The old court-house was burned during the Civil War, Oct. 18, 1863, by the Confederates, and July 30th, 1864, and again on Sept. 3d, 1867; two other houses used for judicial purposes shared the same fate. In the burning of the second house, the county records were destroyed; they were replaced, and in the destruction of the third building again were lost. The records have been for the third time replaced and lodged in the fire-proof vaults of the new court-house. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 185; See, also, Encyclopedia of History of Missouri, Conard, Vol. 2, p. 218.)

Cedar Ridge

This community is located at Township 34 N, Range 18 W, Section 21, on Highway P, north of Long Lane. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, 4-1-66, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

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Celt

This is a post-office in the extreme southern part of the county. (--The State of Missouri, Goodspeed Bros., 1885, p. 545.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 289. It was closed in 1968. (--E. T. Sechler.) It was located at Township 36 N, Range 18 W, Section 10, on Highway E. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Charity

Charity is a post hamlet in the eastern part of Jackson Township, twelve miles southeast of Buffalo, containing a general store and a drug store, kept respectively by G. W. Herd and White Bros., a blacksmith shop by John Calk, and a flouring mill by Legan & Son. Also, a physician, Dr. E. D. White. (--The State of Missouri, p. 545.) The post-office was listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 289. It is located at Township 32 N, Range 19 W, Sections 9 & 10, on Highway M, east of H. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Cloverdale

This post-office was five and one-half miles east of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, Walter Williams, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468.

Corkery

It was in the northeast part of the county, near the Niangua River, southeast of Celt. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468.

Cross Plains

See Woodside. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, Campbell, 1874, p. 185.) The Map #26, Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, shows Woodhill to have been about ten or twelve miles south of Cross Plains. It is not shown in Missouri Manual, 1893-94.

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Dick's Creek

This was a post-office fourteen miles northwest of Buffalo. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 185.) It is not listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

Elixir

This post-office was six miles northwest of Urbana. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-1904, p. 468.

Foose

This town is eight miles southwest of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-1904, p. 468. It is located at Township 33 N, Range 20 W, Section 29, on Highway EE, a short distance west of Highway 65. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Friendship Community

This community, four miles west of Buffalo, was incorporated March 15, 1872. It was founded by Alcander Longley, editor of The Communist, a monthly paper devoted to social reform. The community owned 500 acres of good land (300 prairie and 200 woodland), on which the members lived as one family. The members, men and women, have equal rights and own all things in common. Its affairs are administered by officers, who must receive the votes of three-fourths of the members. No interference is made with the religious, political or other opinions of its members, nor with the marriage or family relations. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 618.) This community was, according to Campbell's Gazetteer, in full operation in 1875, when that work was published, but soon thereafter, the members becoming dissatisfied, began to withdraw, and finally, some years ago, it ceased to exist. (--State of Missouri, pp. 546-547.)

Greasy

This is a post-office on Greasy Creek, a few miles south of Buffalo. (--State of Missouri, p. 545.)

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Handley

This post-office was thirteen and one-half miles southeast of Buffalo, or five and one-half miles south of Hico. The post-office is listed in The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375. Also, it is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 478. It is located at Township 32 N, Range 18 W, Section 5. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Hico

This post-office was eight miles southeast of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468. It was named for Hickory County, in 1904. (--Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, p. 117.)

Leadmine

This town was eight miles northeast of Plad, or twenty-two and one-quarter miles northeast of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 478. It is located at Township 36 N, Range 18 W, Section 30, on Highway E, near the junction of YY. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Long Lane

This post-office is twelve miles east of Buffalo. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 186.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 293. It is a post-office village on the Lebanon road, twelve miles east of Buffalo, containing two general stores, kept respectively by Jacob Kelly and L. C. Ball, a drug-store, by Roberts & Holman, a physician, Dr. M. G. Roberts, the post-office by W. E. Hutchinson. (--State of Missouri, p. 545.) It is located at Township 35 N, Range 18 W, Section 4, on Highway 32, at the intersection of P & B. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

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Louisburg

This place was formerly known as Round Prairie. It is nine miles northwest of Buffalo. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 186.) It is shown as Round Prairie post-office, in Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26. Louisburg is listed as a post-office in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 293. It is located at Township 35 N, Range 20 W, Section 28, at the intersection of Highways 64 & 65. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

March

This town is four and one-half miles west of Charity. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468. The post-office was discontinued July 31, 1917. Thereafter, mail was supplied from Elkland. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.) It is located at Township 32 N, Range 20 W, Section 2, at the junction of Highways 38 & F. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Mathis

This post-office was eight miles northwest of Buffalo, near the Polk County line. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468.

Olive

In the southwestern part of the county, is located the small hamlet of Olive. It is five miles west of Elkland (Webster County). (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 295. It is located at Township 32 N, Range 20 W, Section 34, on Highway O, north of the junction of AA. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

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Pasco

This hamlet was in the southern portion of Jackson Township, southwest of Elkland (Webster County). (--Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26.)

Plad

This hamlet is fourteen and one-quarter miles northeast of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468. It is located at Township 35 N, Range 19 W, Section 25, on Highway 64, west of the intersection of Highway K. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Pumpkin Center

This community with the quaint name is located at Township 35 N, Range 19 W, Section 30, at the intersection of Highways 73 & 64. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Red Top

This small hamlet is located at Township 32 N, Range 20 W, Section 8, on Highway 65, south of the junction of TT & 38. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468.

Round Prairie

See Louisburg. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 186.)

Spring Grove

This post-office was nine miles east of Buffalo. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 186.) It was in the eastern portion of Benton Township, near the Washington Township line. (--Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26.)

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The post-office was listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 296. It is located at Township 32 N, Range 19 W, Section 29, on Highway H, north of Highway M. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Thorpe

This post-office was four miles southeast of Charity. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is first listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 297. It is located at Township 32 N, Range 19 W, Section 14, near the Webster County line, southeast of Charity. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Tilden

This town was ten miles northeast of Buffalo. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) It was named for Samuel J. Tilden, candidate for President in 1876. (--How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named, by David W. Eaton, second article, p. 275. From a series of articles in the Missouri Historical Review.) The post-office is first listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 297. The post-office was discontinued Oct. 1, 1923. Thereafter mail was supplied from Plad. (--Missouri Manual, 1923-24, p. 893.)

Tunas

This town was or is five miles west of Leadmine. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 375.) The post-office is listed in Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468.

Town

This is a post-office listed in State of Missouri, p. 546. No other information is available.

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Urbana

It was established soon after the close of the Civil War, and named Andersonville, in honor of Dr. Andrews, who resided there a number of years before his death. The name was afterward changed to Urbana. (--State of Missouri, p. 546.) Also known as Andersonville. (--Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26.) It is fifteen miles northwest of Buffalo, "a thriving village with 3 stores and the best private school in the county." (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 186.) The earliest post-office listed was in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 297. It is located at Township 36 N, Range 20 W, Sections 19-30-29, at the junction of Highways 65 & D. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Wall Street

There was a post-office here in 1903-04. Missouri Manual, 1903-04, p. 468. There is a total of three families there now. (--Springfield News and Leader, Aug. 9, 1970, p. D5.) It is located at Township 33 N, Range 19 W, Section 1, at the junction of Highways 32 & V, west of Long Lane.

Windyville

There was a post-office here in 1924. (--Official Postal Guide, 1924.) It is located at Township 34 N, Range 18 W, Section 5, at the junction of Highways MM & K. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)

Woodhill

Formely known as Cross Plains, this post-office was eight miles northeast of Buffalo. (--Campbell's New Atlas of Missouri, Map #26.) The earliest post-office listed here was in 1893-94. (--Missouri Manual, 1893-94, p. 298.) It was located at Township 35 N, Range 19 W, Section 28, on Highway 64, east of Pumpkin Center. (--Highway Map of Dallas County, as issued by The State Highway Commission of Missouri.)
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