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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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Arbyrd

Arbyrd is located at Section 6, Township 16 N, R. 8 E, at the junction of Highways 26 & 164. (--General Highway Map of Dunklin County, issued by The Missouri State Highway Department, 6-1-68. Unless otherwise noted, all map locations are from this map.)

Arkmo

It is near Arbyrd. It is not shown on the map, but mail is through Arbyrd. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Baird

Baird was between Gibson and Wrightville. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Bark Camp

Bark Camp was north of Kennett. (--IBID: No longer listed.)

Brannum

Brannum was near the Arkansas line, 4 miles south of Hornerville. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, Walter Williams, p. 385.) No longer listed.

Butler

An early name for Kennett. (--History of Southeast Missouri, pp. 473, 474.)

Bucoda

Bucoda is located at Section 20, Twp. 17 N, R. 8 E, on Highway V, east of P.

Byrds

Byrds was 7 miles north of Paulding. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.)

Caligoa

Caligoa was in the northwestern corner of the county, near the Butler County line. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Campbell

Campbell is located at Sections 3 & 4, Twp. 21 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways 62, 53 & WW.

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Cardwell

Cardwell is located at Sections 3 & 10, Twp. 16 N, R. 7 E, at the junction of Highways V, 25 & 164.

Caruth

Caruth is 8 miles south of Kennett. Mail through Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Section 10, Twp. 17 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways P & Y.

Chilliticoux

See Kennett. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 473, 474.)

Clarkton

Clarkton is located 16 miles north of Kennett and 28 miles from Dexter City, on the C. A. & T. R. R. It had one church, 1 school, 2 hotels, 1 wagon and cabinet shop, 1 drug, 1 grocery, 1 mill and cotton gin, and about 350 inhabitants. (--Campbell’s Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, p. 200.) Clarkton was founded about 1860, and named in honor of Henry E. Clark, a contractor on the pole or plank road between Clarkton and Weaversville. The first settler on thet site of the town was Dr. Skaggs, who sold out to a man named Parker. Parker sold his interest to John Tinkerman, who with a partner named Muse opened the first store. In 1888 Clarkton had a population of about 300. It had a good school building, three churches, six stores and a grist-mill. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 474, 475.) It is located at Sections 15 & 22, Twp. 21 N, R. 10 E, at the junction of Highways J, 25 & 62.

Cotton Hill

Cotton Hill, 26 miles northwest of Kennett, had 1 store, 1 large cotton gin and 1 planing mill. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 200.)

Cotton Plant

Cotton Plant is 10 miles south of Kennett; it had 1 store, 1 large cotton gin and 1 planing mill. (--IBID: p. 200.) Cotton Plant was a post-office four miles north of Hornersville, founded by Judge Langson. It contained three or four dwellings, a store, and a school house and church with a Masonic Hall in the second story. Mail now through Hornersville. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 474, 475; Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Europa

Europa was 4 miles south of Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is no longer listed.

Four Mile

Four Mile was 28 miles northwest of Kennett. It had 3 stores. Population about 150 (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 200.) No longer listed.

Frisbee

Frisbee is located at Section 30, Twp. 20 N, R. 10 E, on Highway 25, south of Holcomb. Mail through Holcomb.

Geneva

Geneva’s possible location is in Section 25, Twp. 16 N, R. 7 E on Highway 108 on the Arkansas line. Mail through Leachville, Ark.

Gibson

Gibson is a post-office 3-1/2 miles west of Clarkton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Sections 19 & 30, Twp. 21 N, R. 10 E, on Highway 53, north of 25.

Gilbert

A possible location is at Section 30, Twp. 16 N, R. 8 E on the Arkansas line. Mail through Hornersville.

Glennonville

It is located at Sections 1, 2 & 11, Twp. 22 N, R 8 E, at the junction of Highways J & JJ, near the Butler Co. line. Mail through Campbell.

Holcomb

Holcomb is a post-office 8 miles south of Campbell. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Section 31, Twp. 21 N, R. 10 E, and Section 6, Twp. 20 N, R. 10 E, at the junction of Highways B & 53.

Hollywood

Hollywood is a post-office 8 miles south of Campbell. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Section 3, Twp. 16 N, R. 8 E, on Highway 164 east of Arbyrd.

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Hornersville

Hornersville, a post-office 20 miles south of Kennett, had 1 store. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 200.) It was established about 1840 by William H. Horner, who opened a store there. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, p. 476.) It is located at Sections 7 & 8, Twp. 16 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways YY & 164.

Ipley

See Shipley Post Office. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Irl

It was somewhere on the Frisco R. R., no population. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Johnsons

It was north of Senath. (--Map of Mo., George F. Cram. Date unknown.)

Kennett

Kennett, the county seat, 41 miles south of Dexter, had about 250 inhabitants, with one church, one family grocery store and 4 dry goods stores. The court house was burned in 1871. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 200.) Kennett was laid out in 1846, near a village of the Delaware Indians, under the Chief Chilliticoux, by which name it was known until 1849, when the Legislature changed it to Butler. About 1850-51, the name was changed to Kennett...The first court house was a log building, erected on the public square in 1847. It was destroyed during the Civil War, and about 1870 a large frame building was begun. It was scarcely completed when it was burned with all its contents. The first store was opened in a house on the north side of the public square, by Elbert C. Spiller, who remained for several years, but finally returned to Illinois from which state he came. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 473, 474.) It covers several sections in Twp. 18 & 19, R 9 E, at the junction of Highways 84, 25, VV, west of Z.

Krapf

It was somewhere on the St. Louis, Southwestern R. R. No population. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Lulu

Lulu was 6 miles south of Senath. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) No longer listed.

McGuires

McGuires is located at Section 34, Twp. 22 N, R. 10 E, and Section 3, Twp. 21 N, R. 10 E, at the junctions of Highways 62, C & 25. Mail through Clarkton.

Malden

Malden was laid out in 1877 under the direction of Major George B. Clark. The first house was built the same year, by S. W. Spiller and Daniel Haynes, and occupied by a store furnishing supplies for the railroad then building...The first regular merchant was James Gregory...Succeeding merchants were Jackson & Ehrlich, W. M. Harkey and Sisel & Plant...Malden was incorporated at the April term of the county court, 1878. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 475, 476.) It covers several sections in Twp. 22 N, R. 10 E, at the junction of Highways J, 62 & 25.

Manley

It was a post-office mentioned in Missouri Manual, 1909-10, p. 575. It was the first station north of White Oak, on the St. Louis, Southwestern (Cotton Belt) R. R. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co. No longer listed.)

Moark

Moark was 5-1/2 miles south of Clarkton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) No longer listed.

Nesbit

Nesbit was located in Twp. 17 N, R 8 E, section unknown. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.) No longer listed. With the aid of General Highway Map of Dunklin Co.

Octa

Octa is 4 miles north of Senath. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Section 29 & 30, Twp. 18 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways T & 25.

Paragon

Paragon was in the northwest part of the county, near the Butler Co. line. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Paulding

Paulding was about 21 miles south of Kennett, near the Arkansas line. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) A possible location was at Section 30, Twp. 16, R. 7 E, on Highway F, on the Arksansas line.

Phillips

Phillips was north of Malden. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Pine City

Pine City was approximately half-way between Holcomb and Frisbee on the St. Louis, Southwestern R. R. (--IBID.)

Providence

Providence is located at Section 27, Twp. 22, R. 10 E, on Highway 62, south of Malden. Mail via Malden.

Ridgey

Ridgey was southwest of Malden, on the St. Louis, Southwestern R. R. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Cram.)

Rives

Rives is located at Section 19, Twp. 17 N, R. 10 E, at the junction of Highways PP & 164, west of Pemiscot Co. line. It is a post-office town.

Senath

Senath, a post-office, is located at Sections 1, 2, 11 & 12, Twp. 17 N, R. 8 E, at the junction of Highways A, P and 25. It is 9 miles south of Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.)

Shipley

Shipley was 4 miles north of Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is no longer listed.

Sommers

Sommers was in the northeast corner of the county, near Stoddard Co. line. It was north of Phillips. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Spoonerville

It is a part of Malden. (--Standard Reference Guide of Missouri, 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Valley Ridge

Valley Ridge was 8-1/2 miles north of Campbell. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It was located at Section 9, Twp. 22 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways H & J.

Viscit

Viscit was 5 miles south of Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) No longer listed.

Whiteoak (R. R. name White Oak)

Whiteoak is 6-1/2 miles north of Kennett. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) It is located at Section 31, Twp. 20 N, R. 9 E, at the junction of Highways 25 & 153.

Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina is located at Section 27, Twp. 22 N, R. 8 E, on Highway D, east of the Butler Co. line.

Wrightsville

Wrightsville was 3-1/2 miles northwest of Clarkton. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 385.) No longer listed.

Beechwell

Beechwell was northeast of Campbell. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 219.)
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