This web site contains some of the counties from Moser's Directory of Towns, Villages and Hamlets Past and Present of Missouri. The complete print Directory can be viewed at the Local History & Genealogy department at the Library Center.
Arthur Paul Moser researched place names in Missouri over a period of about twenty years, beginning in the 1960's. The first Directory was for Greene County, Missouri, apparently as a volunteer project for the Greene County Historical Society. He then continued to research counties one at a time until he had completed a gazetteer of each county in Missouri.
Moser relied heavily on several existing historical gazetteers and available county histories and maps. Some of the descriptive information is based on interviews with individuals familiar with the place described. The directories are especially valuable in that they draw information from several sources to include in each brief entry.