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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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Akron

Akron is an inland village in Clay Township. (--Wannamaker, p. 166.)

It was a post-office 20 miles northeast of Bethany and west of Grand River. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 226.)

It is situated at Sec. 15, Twp. 66 N, R. 26 W on Highway O north from M. (--General Highway Map of Harrison Co., issued by the Missouri State Highway Department, 9-21-61. Unless otherwise noted all map locations are from this map.)

Mail via Blythedale; no population shown. (--Standard Reference Guide Of Mo., 1974, Rand, McNally.)

Andover

Andover is a village on the Burlington Railroad in Colfax Township. (--Wannamaker, p. 166.)

It was a post-office 24 miles north, northeast of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 226.)

It is seven miles northwest of Akron near the Iowa border. (--The State Of Mo., in 1904, Walter Williams, 397.)

It is situated at Sec. 36, Twp. 67 N, R. 27 W at the end of Highway T.

Mail via Blythedale; no population shown. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Atlanta

Atlanta was in Grant Township at Sec. 29, Twp. 64 N, R. 27 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Campbell, Map 15.)

Atlanta is not listed in Harrison Co.; Atlanta is listed in Macon County. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Bethany (elevation 915 feet)

Bethany, the county seat, is situated on the East Fork of Big Creek about six miles south, southwest of the center of the county, 20 miles north of Jameson, Daviess County, on the Omaha Branch of the K. C. & N. Railway, and 26 miles southwest of Princeton, on the C. R. I. & P. R. R. It was first settled and laid out by Tennesseeans in 1845, and incorporated in 1858. . .It contained a fine flouring and custom mill, 2 banks, 14 stores, 3 saddlers shops, s churches. (--Campbell, p. 226; Ency. of the Hist. of MO., 1901, Conard, Vol. 1, p. 213; Wannamaker, p. 164.)

It covers several sections at Twp. 63 N, R. 28 W at the junction of 69, 35, 13, 138 & W.

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Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is in Adams Township. -(-Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It was a post-office 10 miles southeast of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It is situated at Sec. 20, Twp. 62 N, R. 27 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

Nothing shown on the map at this location which is between J and TT in the southwest corner of the county southwest of Matkin.

Mail via Gilman City. It has been disincorporated since 1950. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Bowman

Bowman was on the C. B. & Q Railroad west of Bethany. (--Map Of Mo., 1884, Rand, McNally.) (It is no longer listed.)

Blythedale        (elevation 1085 feet)

Blythedale is located on Section 34 and 35 in Colfax Township. This was an important shipping point and had some of the leading mercantile establishments of the county. . .Blythedale has a number of churches. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It is on the C. B. & Q. R. R., north of Ridgeway. (--Williams, p.397.)

Bolton

Bolton, 12 miles east southeast of Bethany, had two stores. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in Fox Creek Township, in Sec. 21, Twp. 63 N, R. 26 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

It was on R. F. D. north from Golman City. (--Williams, p. 397.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--General Scheme Of Mo., 1905, Still P. Taft, for the use of Railway Mail Clerks, p.43.)

The site is east of OO and west of CC. Nothing is shown on the map; it is not listed by Rand, McNally, 1974.

Bridgeport

Bridgeport was in Cypress Township. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It was situated at Section. 21, Twp. 62 N, R. 28 W in the southwest corner of the county on AA east of 69.

It is not listed in Harrison County; Bridgeport in Macon Co. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn is located on Section 27, and had a population of 84. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It is in Union Township. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

It is seven miles west of Ridgeway. (--Williams, p.397.)

It is situated at Sec. 27, Twp. 65 N, R. 28 W on Z west of 69.

Mail via Ridgeway; population 20. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Burr Oak

Burr Oak was a post-office southwest of Bethany. (--Campbell, p.227.)

It was in White Oak Township at Sec.30, Twp. 63 N, R. 29 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

Nothing is shown on the map at this location which is near the Gentry County line south of New Hampton. It is no longer listed.

Cainsville

Cainsville is located in the extreme eastern part of Madison Township near the Mercer County line on Grand River. . .Cainsville is located at the terminal of a Branch of the Burlington Railroad which connects with the main line of that system in Iowa. (--Wanamaker, pp.164, 165.)

It is 17 miles northeast of Bethany and 13 miles northwest of Princeton. . .and contained several stores and a flouring mill. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It had Baptist, Christian and Methodist Churches, a graded school, two hotels, one saw mill, a bank, and about forty miscellaneous stores. . .Population, 1899, (estimated) about 1,000. (--Conard, Vol. 1, p. 465.)

It is situated at Sec. 12, 13, Twp. 65 N, R. R. 26 W at the junction of N, FF & V.

Cypress

Cypress was near Happy Valley. (--Map Of Mo., 1884, Rand, McNally.)

Eagleville

Eagleville is one of the oldest towns of the county. . .Its nearest railroad is at Blythedale, a distance of four miles. Eagleville had a bank, a high school and several important mercantile establishments. The town site occupies a part of Section 6 of Marion Township and Section 1 of Union Township and the population in 1920 was 340. (--Wanamaker, p.165.)

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Eagleville, 15 miles north of Bethany, had one good flouring mill, a drug store, three hotels, a graded school and three churches. Population about 700. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It had about twenty other business enterprises, including stores, shops etc. Population 1899 (estimated) 1500. (--Conard, Vol. 2, p. 344.)

It is situated at Sec. 1, R. 18 W and Sec. 6, R. 27 W in Twp. 65 N, at the junction of 69, M & N.

Gardner

Gardner was located on the C. B. & Q. Railroad northeast of Bethany. (--Map of Mo., 1925, Rand, McNally.)

Gardner is no longer listed in Harrison County; is listed in St. Louis Co. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Gilman City

Gilman City is located on Section 30, in the southeastern corner of Sugar Creek Township. The Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City Railway, which was part of the Burlington System, passes through Gilman City. (--Wanamaker, p. 165.)

An incorporated village. . .near the southeastern corner of the county. . .It had two churches, a school, bank, a newspaper, the <i>Guide</i>, and about fifteen miscellaneous stores, shops, etc. Population 1899 (estimated) 400. (--Conard, Vol. 3, p. 55.)

Gilman City is the corporate name for Gilman. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

It is situated at Sec. 30, Twp. 62 N, R. 26 W on Daviess Co. line at the junction of K & 146.

Hamptonville

See Sampson Creek.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley was a post-office 12 miles south, southwest of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in Cypress Township at Sec. 25, Twp. 62 N, R. 28 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

It was near the Daviess County line. (--Williams, p. 397.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--General Scheme, p.43.)

The site is bounded by Highway 13 & H. No longer listed.

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Harrison City

Harrison City was in Jefferson Township at Sec. 12, Twp. 64 N, R. 28 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

Nothing is shown on the map today; the site is west of Lorraine.

Hatfield

Hatfield is in Lincoln Township. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It is six and one-half miles west of Pawnee, which in turn is six and one-half miles northwest of Eagleville. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It is situated at Sec. 14 & 15, Twp. 66 N, R. 29 E on 46 east of HH.

Population 50; Zip Code 64458. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Hermix

Hermix was in the northwest corner of Lincoln Township. (--Map of Mo., 1884, Rand, McNally.)

Jay

Jay was in Lincoln Township at Sec. 27, Twp. 66 N, R. 29 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

Nothing is shown on the map. This section is bisected by Big Creek. It is no longer listed.

Lorraine

Lorraine was situated at Sec. 7, Twp. 64 N, R. 27 W east of 69. (It is no longer listed.)

Martinsville

Martinsville is in Dallas Township. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It is nine miles northwest of Bethany, and had four stores. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It is situated at Sec. 21, Twp. 64 N, R. 29 W, at the junction of F & D.

It has been disincorporated since 1960. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Matkins

Matkins was in Butler Township. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

It was in the southwest corner of the county near Gentry and Daviess County line, and five miles northeast of New Castle, Gentry County. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It was situated at Sec. 9, Twp. 62 N, R. 29 W on Highway P east of J.

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Melbourne

Melbourne a town located on the Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City Railroad in Sugar Creek Township had a population of 159. There was a bank and several mercantile establishments here. (--Wanamaker, p. 166.)

It is in the extreme southeast corner of the county near the Daviess County line. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It is situated at Sec. 26, Twp. 62 N, R. 26 W on Highway 196 near Daviess County line.

It has been disincorporated prior to 1960; mail via Brimson, Grundy Co. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Morris Ridge

Morris Ridge was in Grant Township at Sec. 7, Twp. 64 N, R. 27 W. Nothing is shown on the map site which is east of Ridgeway. It is no longer listed.

Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah another inland town of Harrison County, had a population of 331 and is located on Sec. 22 and 23 of Trail Creek Township. The town had a bank and several stores. (--Wanamaker, pp. 165, 166.)

It is 14 miles east, northeast of Bethany and had a population of 200 inhabitants. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It is 11 miles southeast of Ridgeway. (--Williams, p. 397. See, also, Conard, Vol. 4, p.499.) It is situated at Sec. 22 & 23, Twp. 64 N, R. 26 W at the junction of B, Y & 136.

New Hampton        (elevation 955 feet)

New Hampton is located on Sec. 7 and 8 in White Oak Township. There were two banks, two elevators and a number of progressive merchants there. (--Wanamaker, p.165.)

It is near the Gentry County line. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It is situated at Sec. 7 & 8, Twp. 63 N, R. 29 W at the junction of 136 & EE.

Oval

Oval was in the northwest corner of Fox Creek Township. (--Map of Mo., 1884, Rand, McNally.)

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Pawnee

Pawnee was in Hamilton Township. (--Wanamaker, P. 166.)

It was six and one-half miles northwest of Eagleville. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It was situated at Sec. 15, Twp. 66 N, R. 28 W at the junction of YY & 46. It is no longer listed.

Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge was a post-office seven miles south, southeast of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in Adams Township at Sec. 14, Twp. 62 N, R. 28 W on Highway 13 between MM & AA. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15; Gen. Highway Map Of Harrison County.)

Pleasant Ridge is no longer listed in Harrison County. Pleasant Ridge is listed in both Barry and Bates Counties. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Ridgeway (elevation 1060 feet)

Ridgeway is located on the Burlington Railroad on the dividing line between Marion and Grant Townships. The town site occupies a portion of Section 33 in Marion Township and portions of Sections 3 and 4 in Grant Township. Ridgeway had two banks, hotel and practically all branches of mercantile business were represented there. (--Wanamaker, p. 165.)

An incorporated village, eleven miles northeast of Bethany. It had two churches, a school, a bank, a flouring mill, a newspaper, the <i>Journal</i> and about thirty miscellaneous business places. Population, 1899 (estimated) 500. (--Conard, Vol. 5, p. 352.)

It is situated at Sec. 3 & 4, Twp. 65 N, R. 27 W at the junction of T & A east of 69.

Sampson's Creek (Hampton Village)

It was a trading post and post-office ten miles west of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in White Oak Township, at Sec. 17, Twp. 63 N, R. 29 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

It was the same as New Hampton, (q. v.)

Taggart

Taggart was south of Bolton. (--Map of Mo., 1884, Rand, McNally.)

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Thomas

Thomas was a post-office six miles southeast of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in Sherman Township at Sec. 22; Twp. 63 N, R. 27 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.) (Nothing is shown on the map at this site.)

Trail Creek Post Office

Apparently it was the same as Mount Moriah, as it is shown adjacent to the latter post-office. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 15.)

Trail Creek is not listed in Harrison County. Trail is in Ozark County. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Washington Center

Washington Center is six and one-quarter miles north of Martinville. (--Williams, p. 397.)

It is situated at Sec. 16 & 21, Twp. 65 N, R. 29 W on M west of D.

Mail via Martinsville; population 10. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Wildwood

Wildwood was located at Sec. 8, Twp. 62 N, R. 28 W on 69 north of P or south of 136. (It is no longer listed.)

Woodbine

Woodbine was in Butler Township at Sec. 25, Twp. 62 N, R. 29 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Map 15.) (Nothing is shown on the map at this site.)

Woodbine is not listed in Harrison Co.; Woodbine Heights in St. Louis Co. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Yankee Ridge

Yankee Ridge was a post-office ten miles northeast of Bethany. (--Campbell, p. 227.)

It was in Grant Township at Sec. 11, Twp. 64 N, R. 17 W.

A cemetery only is shown in this section which is east of T and south of Ridgeway.


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