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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Osage County

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Adolph

Adolph was in the northeastern corner of the county, near Gasconade County line. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

It was southwest of Morrison, (Gasconade Co.). (--Map of Mo., 1925, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Argyle

Argyle is located at Sec. 15, Twp. 41 N, R. 10 W, on Highway T, south of Koeltztown, on the Maries Co. line. (--General Highway Map of Osage Co., issued by the Missouri State Highway Department. Unless otherwise noted, all map descriptions are from this map.)

It is of Scottish origin. (--Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, Ramsay, p. 29.)

Aud

Aud is located 9 miles southeast of Chamois. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

It is located at Sec. 8, Twp. 44 N, R. 7 W, on Highway HH. It was named for Joseph Aud, landowner. (--Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, p. 79.)

Babbtown

Babbtown is a small business point, and like the remainder, which in some cases have a store or a mill, or merely a post-office. (Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

It is located at Sec. 4, Twp. 42 N, R. 11 W, on Highway F east of 133. It is in the southwestern corner of the county 2 and 1/2 miles north of Meta. Mail through Westphalia. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

Bailey's Creek

It was a post-office 8 miles northeast of Linn. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 412.)

A possible location was at Sec. 12, Twp. 44 N, R. 8 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Campbell, Map #22, in connection with Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Belle

Belle is located at Sec. 16 & 17, Twp. 41 N, R. 7 W, at junction of Highways 28 & 89. While the greater part of Belle is in Maries Co., a small portion is in the southern edge of Osage Co.

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Boeger's Store

In 1849 John C. Brim entered land on which, in 1834, B. D. Duncan had erected the first building; this was secured in 1859 by Simon Boeger, who built the first store, which gave the place its name. Later a blacksmith and wagon-shop were built in 1876 and a mill was built in 1885. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 682.)

It was near Hope. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Bonnott's Mills (see Dauphine)

(--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

It is located at Sec. 12, Twp. 44 N, R. 10 W, on Highway C, on Missouri River.

It was named in 1852 for Felix Bonnott, owner. (--Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, p. 69.)

Byrne also spelled Byron

A post-office 15 miles southeast of Linn. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412; Hist. of Osage Co., p. 671.)

It is located at Sec. 4, Twp. 41 N, R. 7 W, and Sec. 33, Twp 42 N, R. 7 W, on Highway Y. Mail through Belle.

Castle Rock

It was located on the Osage River, 15 miles west of Linn, and had 1 grist mill and 1 store. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

It had a large mill, a furniture factory, stores, hotel, church and school. It was founded by Col. George W. Bloomer, of the Twenty-Sixth Mo. Vol. Inf. At the outbreak of the War, it had assumed considerable proportions. Col. Boomer's acceptance of the colonelship of the "brave little Twenty-Sixth," and his fall in battle was the signal for the ruin of his town, which fell as quickly as it rose ... (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 642.)

Apparently it was located at Sec. 17, Twp. 43 N, R. 11 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Chamois

It is located in Sec. 11 & 12, Twp. 45 N, R. 8, on the Missouri Pacific R. R. It was named by Morgan Harbor ... The land was entered by the Shobes in 1818, before the river had encroached so much on the bottoms ... The railway caused the erection of Andrew Fitzpatrick's building in 1855 ... The town was laid out in 1856, by James Shobe ... There had been a log house years before on the Pryor's Mill road when Chamois was a corn-field.

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Chamois (Cont)

In 1873 the freight division was located here with roundhouse, repair shop, tanks, stock-yards, coal shutes (sic) and later the ballast crusher. Business houses included Savings and Loan, general merchants, clothing and hardware. Others were hotels, livery stables, harness and shoe shops, attorneys, etc. (--Hist. of Osage Co., pp. 672, 673, 674; Gaz. of Mo., p. 412.)

Cooper's Hill (Cooper Hill)

Cooper's Hill is a post-office and mill. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

It is located at Sec. 36, Twp. 43 N, R. 7 W, on Highway FF, near the Gasconade Co. line. Mail through Bland, Gasconade Co.

Crook

Crook is located at Sec. 23, Twp. 44 N, R. 8 W, at the junction of Highways 89 & HH. Mail through Linn.

Dailey

It was in Linn Creek Twp. on the south bank of Missouri River, apparently in Sec. 26, Twp. 45 N, R. 9 W. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Dauphine (Bonnot's Mill)

Dauphine is a sort of second growth of old French Village. The first store and saloons, by a Mr. Pinet, were the earliest business enterprises on this new site. The town was laid out in 1852 by Felix Bonnott and his mills gave the place its railway name ... The businesses included stores, mills, implements companies, blacksmith shops, etc. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 631; Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

Now known as Bonnott's Mill, it is located at Sec. 7, Twp. 44 N, R. 9 W, and Sec. 12, Twp. 44 N, R. 10 W.

Deer

Deer is located at Sec. 27, 24, Twp. 45 N, R. 8 W, near the end of Highway K, south of Chamois. Mail through Chamois.

Englebert

This small hamlet could not be located, but it is mentioned in Hist. of Osage Co., p. 671.

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Feursville

It is merely a post-office. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

It was 3 and 1/2 miles south of Cooper Hill. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

Apparently it was located at Sec. 11, Twp. 42 N, R. 7 W, on an unmarked county road west of Cooper Hill and running south from FF.

Folk

Folk is near the southwest edge of the county, and is on the township line between Twps. 42 & 43.

It is located at Sec. 35, 36, Twp. 43 N, R. 11 W, on Highway EE, west of 133. Mail through Westphalia.

It was named in 1904 for Joseph Wingate Folk, Governor of Missouri, 1904. (--Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, Ramsay, p. 63.)

Flora

Flora is a post-office mentioned in History of Osage County, p. 611. No other information is available.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein is located at Sec. 11, Twp. 44 N, R. 9 W, on Highway C, west of 100. Mail through Bonnott's Mill.

Fredericksburg

It was a post-office and store. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

It was 14 miles northeast of Linn, and had 1 store and 1 mill. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

A possible location was at Sec. 1, Twp. 44 N, R. 7 W, at the junction of Highways J & OO, near the Gasconade Co. line. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Fredericksburg is now in Gasconade County.

Freeburg

Freeburg, a post-office, is located at Sec. 9, 10, 3, 4, 16, Twp. 41 N, R. 9 W, on Highway 63, north of Maries Co. line.

Freedom

Freedom is located at Sec. 22, Twp. 43 N, R. 7 W, on Highway N, north of 50. Mail through Chamois.

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French Village

The first store ... was Captain Bonnott's at French Village. During the first decade (1800-1810), La Plant*, a German pilot who was said to have led Lewis and Clark part way up the river, came up the river as a trader and pilot. He located at the village which seemed to have had no name but French Village, (apparently it was across the Missouri River from Cote Sans Dessein, Callaway Co.)

*These early spellings are spelled by sound, as the oldest settlers so remember them. (--Hist. of Osage Co., pp. 633, 642.)

Galloway Station

It was a post-office 16 miles southeast of Linn. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

It was near Belle. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Gallaway's Store

Apparently it was in Sec. 16, Twp. 41 N, R. 7 W, east of Belle. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Gascondy

It was located at Sec. 18, Twp. 41 N, R. 8 W, on an unmarked county road west of MM, near the Maries Co. line.

Hope

Hope is located at Sec. 35, Twp. 44 N, R. 7 W, on Highway N, south of KK, near Gasconade Co. line. It is a rural branch of Morrison (Gasconade Co.)

Isbell see McKnight

Isbell was named for Z. Isbell a member of the Legislature in 1852. (--How Missouri Towns, Streams and Counties were Named, 4th Article, p. 337. From a series in Missouri Historical Review, David W. Eaton.)

Jersey

Jersey was between Byron and Freeburg in Twp. 41 N, R. 8 W. (--Map of Mo., Geo. H. Cram, 1903.)

Judge

Judge is located at Sec. 2, Twp. 42 N, R. 8 W, near the end of Highway CC, south of 50. Mail through Linn.

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Kiddridge

Kiddridge was a post-office 7 1/2 miles east of Linn. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

Koeltztown

Koeltztown was named after the first merchant and post-master August Koeltz. It is an entirely German settlement -- more of a settlement than a town (1867). (--History of Osage Co., p. 683; Our Storehouse of Missouri Place Names, Ramsay, p. 67.

It is 16 miles southwest of Linn, and had 1 store and mill. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

It is located at Sec. 4, Twp. 41 N, R. 10 W, at the junction of Highways T & P.

Keonig

Koenig is located at Sec. 25, Twp. 42 N, R. 8 W, on an unmarked county road between Highways H & 89.

It was named in honor of Henry K. King, by using the German form of his name. He was post-master and merchant. (--How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named, 4th Article, p. 337, David W. Eaton.)

Lane

Lane was between Potts and Useful. (--Map of Western States, 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Lange's Store

It was in the northeast corner of the county near Gasconade Co. line (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 671; Map of Mo., 1903, Geo. F. Crum & Co.)

Leboeuf

It was 3 1/2 miles southwest of Koenig, and 5 miles north of Maries Co. line. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

A possible location was at Sec. 10, Twp. 41 N, R. 8 W, near Elk Creek. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Linn

The county court made Linn the county seat in 1843, when J. W. Robinson entered the land and donated some to the court ... W. M. Lamkins had the first store on the convent site ... other businesses included general produce, meat markets, hardware, etc. ... (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 677.)

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Linn (Cont)

St. George's Church, at Linn, was organized in 1867 ... a two-story frame (with basement) convent 48X42 feet was completed in 1883 ... (--IBID: p. 689; Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

Linn is located at Sec. 7, 18, 17, Twp. 43 N, R. 8 W, at the junction of Highways 50, V, W, & 100.

Linnwood

Linnwood was 10 miles east of Linn and had 1 store and 1 mill, (1874). (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

Lisletown also spelled Lysletown, Liletown

This was the second town and first post-office in the county (1831 or 1832). It was "boomed" by its founder, Benjamin Lisle; it was located at the left of the mouth of the Maries, but never prospered, for Westphalia was founded about 1835 and soon over-shadowed Mr. Lisle's town completely. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 412.)

Loose Creek

This place took its name from the stream L'Ourse, or Bear Creek, since corrupted into Loose Creek. The land was first owned by August Pickineaud, a Frenchman, in 1843 ... The town was laid out in 1873 ... Russellville was a name used for a time.

Business houses included general merchandise, wagon and plow factories, and a saloon. It is 3 miles northwest of Linn. (--Hist. of Osage Co., pp. 681, 682; Gaz. of Mo., p. 412.)

It is located at Sec. 5 & 6, Twp. 43 N, R. 9 W, on Highway 50, east of Cole Co. line.

Luystown

Luystown was a name given by Andre Luys. It had a store, post-office, church and mill. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

It is located at Sec. 20, Twp. 44 N, R. 8 W, on Highways 100, O & C Mail through Bonnott's Mill.

Medora (St. Aubert)

Medora, (St. Aubert) bears the post-office name of the wife of its founder, J. M. Morrow, who laid out the town in 1855. His building was the first. The railway named it St. Aubert ... There was no church or school house in the town; a district school was near, however. The only business was a general store, and a store and a mill. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 682.)

It was located at Sec. 19, Twp. 45 N, R. 8 W, west of Highway 100.

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Meta

Meta is located in the southwest corner of the county, near the Miller-Maries Co. Line. It is located at Sec. 8, Twp. 41 N, R. 11 W.

McKnight (Isbell)

It was named in each case after citizens. It had a store and saloon. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 683.)

Apparently it was in Sec. 34, Twp. 45 N, R. 9 W, on the extension of a road leading from Highway C, where it turns towards Frankenstein. It was 3 miles west of Frankenstein and 3 1/2 miles north of Bonnott's Mill. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

Mint Hill

Mint Hill was located at Sec. 19, Twp. 44 N, R. 7 W, on Highway HH, east of 89. (--Hist. of Osage Co.; Map of Osage Co., Highway Department.)

Owen Mills

Owen Mills was between Koenig and Feursville. (--Map of Western States, 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Peachland

Peachland apparently was located at Sec. 36, Twp. 44 N, R. 8 W, near the junction of Highways 89 & J. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Portage

Portage was in the northeast corner of the county, east of Chamois on the Missouri Pacific Rail Road. (--Map of Mo., 1925, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Potts

Potts is located at Sec. 14, Twp. 43 N, R. 8 W, at the junction of Highways 50 & 89. Mail through Linn.

Quebec

The location of Quebec, which is mentioned in Hist. of Osage Co., p. 671, is unknown.

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Rich Fountain

The site was entered by John Burns during the 1830's, but he sold to a John Stumph, who built a water mill about 1839. This was superceded by an ox (tread) mill which in 1856 gave way to a steam mill. Father Helias had named the point Rich Fountain. The business section included a tailor shop and store buildings, besides which there was a blacksmith, shoemaker, steam saw mill, etc ... The village was never laid out. (--Hist. of Osage Co., p. 682.)

It is located at Sec. 11, 12, 13 Twp. 42 N, R. 9 W, at the junction of Highways U & E.

Russellville

See Loose Creek.

St. Aubert

See Medora. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 412.)

It is located at Sec. 19, Twp. 45 N, R. 8 W, on an extension of Highway 100, west of the junction with O. Mail through Chamois.

Triumph

Triumph was in the southeast corner of the county, southwest from Freedom. (--Map of Western States, 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Useful

Useful is located at Sec. 26, Twp. 43 N, R. 7 W, near the Gasconade Co. line.

Wallace's Lake (Byron P. O.)

Apparently it was in Sec. 34, Twp. 45 N, R. 9 W, near the township line between Twps. 44 & 45. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Van Buren

A Mr. Goodman had a mill about five miles southeast of Linn site, and this land was bought and laid out into the town of Van Buren to secure the seat of justice; a valiant effort was made, but in vain and the place soon died out. In 1883, M. C. Davis and others made a feeble effort to remove the county seat to Van Buren again, but in vain. (--Hist. of Osage Co., pp. 642, 649.)

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Vosholl

Vosholl was 6 miles southeast of Bonnott's Mill. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 467.)

Welcome

Welcome was 4 1/2 miles northwest of Freedom, apparently in Sec. 12, Twp. 43 N, R. 8 W, on Highway 89 north of 50. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map #22, with the aid of Gen. Highway Map of Osage Co.)

Westphalia

Late in 1835, a colony of Westphalian Catholics came up the Osage River and located along the Big Maries. Dr. Bruns and his brother located on the bend of the Maries, the site of Westphalia ... During 1836 Dr. Bruns and Herr Bartman opened the first store ... The business was in the hands of the Germans almost entirely. There was a post-office, general store, dry goods, shoe shop, furniture, lumber yards, etc. (--Hist. of Osage Co., pp. 679, 680.)

It is located at Sec. 26, Twp. 43 N, R. 10 W, on Highway 63, south of the junction with 133.

 


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