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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Platte County

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Atchison Junction

Atchison Junction, in the eastern central part of Green Township had one store, depot, etc. (--Hist. of Platte Co., 1885, p. 1013.)

It is no longer listed.

Bean Lake

Bean Lake is situated in the northwest corner of the county at Sec. 12, 13, Twp. 54 N, R. 37 W on Highway 45 south of Buchanan County line. (--General Highway Map of Platte Co., issued by the Missouri State Highway Dept., 11-1-66. Unless otherwise noted all map locations are from this map.

Mail via Rushville, (Buchanan County.) (--Standard Reference Guide of Mo., 1974, Rand, McNally, referred to later as Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Beverly

At the intersection of the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific R. R., and the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs R. R., is located the depot of Beverly. There was also a post-office here. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 901.)

It is six miles west of Platte City. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 447.)

It is situated at Sec. 29, 30, 31 & 32, Twp. 53 N, R. 35 W, at the junction of Highways 92 & 45.

Mail via Platte City. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Block's Mills

See Shivelton.

Buena Vista

In 1841 James Burnes founded the town of Buena Vista, a short distance north of Camden Point. A post-office was established and D. D. Burnes made postmaster. Several stores, a blacksmith shop, etc. were in operation, and the town prospered for eight or ten years and then went down, the business removing to Camden Point. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 1012.)

It is no longer listed.

Camden Point

Camden Point, seven miles northeast of Platte City, and ten miles from Weston, was constituted a town by William Kincaid about the year 1848. The original intention of the founder was to make the place one for educational purposes ... Camden Point is situated one half mile from the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific R. R. (--Hist. of Platte Co., pp. 1012, 1013.)

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Camden Point (Cont)

It is situated at Sec. 29, 31 & 32, Twp. 54 N, R. 34 W, at the junction of E & EE.

City Point (East Leavenworth)

This small village, on the Missouri River and K. C. & St. J. & C. B. R. R., five miles south of Beverly, was a small village of 150 inhabitants, chiefly connected with the Leavenworth ferry, and the railroad or engaged in the wood and lumber business. (--Campbell, 1874, p. 447.)

It is situated at Sec. 17, Twp. 52 N, R. 35 W on Highway 45 north from Farley.

Dearborn elevation 880 feet

Dearborn, five miles from Atchison Junction, and two miles northeast of New Market, on the Atchison branch of the C. R. I. & P. R. R. ... contained two or three general stores, a lumberyard, blacksmith shop, post-office and depot building. Its population was about 50. (--Hist. of Platte Co., 1885, p. 1013.)

It is situated at the northern edge of the county, in Sec. 6, Twp. 54 N, R. 34 W, and Sec. 1, Twp. 54 N, R. 35 W, on Highway Z east of I-29.

Dye

Dye is located on R. F. D. from Weston, northeast from Iatan. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, Walter Williams, p. 481.)

It is situated at Sec. 15 & 22, Twp. 54 N, R. 36 W on an unmarked county road south of K.

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

East Leavenworth or City Point

This village is on the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs R. R., twenty-four miles northwest of Kansas City. C. L. Banning was the principal business man of the town, and also the postmaster. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 979.)

Mail via Platte City -- rural; no population shown. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Edgerton

This town owes its birth and growth to the C. R. I. & P. R. R. The business interests were represented by 1 bank, 1 newspaper, 2 boot & shoe stores, 1 millinery, 1 hardware store, 1 furniture store, 1 harness & saddlery shop. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 895.)

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Edgerton (Cont)

It is situated in the northeast corner of the county at Secs. 8 & 17, Twp. 54 N, R. 33 W at the junction of B & Z.

Edgerton Junction

It is three and one-half miles southwest of edgerton. (--Williams, p. 481.)

It is situated at Sec. 23 & 24, Twp. 54 N, R. 23 & 24, on an unmarked county road east of DD.

The post-office was discontinued July 31, 1917. (--Mo. Manual, 1917, 1918, p. 644.)

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

Ferrelview

Ferrelview is located on Bypass 71, between W & 71, Twp. 52, R. 34 W.

It is a rural branch of Kansas City Post Office. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Hampton Pettis Township

In the northern portion of the township, and in Sec. 26, Twp. 52 N, R. 34 W, was located Hampton, a small village ... It contained a number of good stores, also a blacksmith shop. A post-office had long been established here. The population in 1885 was about 50. (--Hist. of Platte Co., 1885, p. 839.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--Gen. Scheme, 1905, Taft, for the use of Railway Mail Clerks.)

The area is now in the confines of Mid Continent International Airport. (--Gen. Highway Map of Platte Co.)

Haydite

Haydite is south of New Market, at Sec. 14, Twp. 54 N, R. 35 W near the junction of H & 371.

It is on the C. R. I. & P. R. R.; no population. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Hell Town

See Ridgeley.

Hoover

Hoover is on R. F. D. from Tracy. (--Williams, p. 481.)

It is situated at Sec. 25, 26, Twp. 53 N, R. 34 W at the junction of B & 92.

Mail via Smithville, Clay Co.; no population. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Houston Lake

Houston Lake is east of Parkville, in Twp. 51 N, R. 33 W west of 71, at the edge of Kansas City.

Mail via Parkville. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Jacksonville

See New Market.

Kerrville

Kerrville was northwest of Hoover, at Secs. 26 & 27, Twp. 53 N, R. 34 W on an unmarked county road north from 92 and west from B.

Lake Waukomia

It is situated at Twp. 51 N, R. 33 W on Highway AA south of 152 at the edge of Kansas City.

Mail via Parkville; population 1,105. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Linkville Carroll Township

Linkville is on R. F. D. from Smithville, Clay Co. (--Williams, p. 481.)

In the biographical section of Hist. of Platte Co., 1885, several men reported their address as Linkville.

Mail now via Parkville; it is a part of Kansas City. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

New Market elevation 870 feet

This place is situated in Sec. 11, Twp. 54 N, R. 35 W, about nine miles nearly due north of Platte City and in the northwestern part of Green Township. It was one of the first towns established in the county and was formerly known as Jacksonville. John Admanson settled on the site of the place in 1830 and subdivided it into town lots. About the same time, on account of there being another place in the State by the name of Jacksonville, its name was changed to New Market by which it was registered in 1839 ... (--Hist. of Platte Co., pp. 560, 561.)

Northmoor

Northmoor is situated in the southeast corner of the county in Twp. 51 N, R. 33 W at the junction of 69, 169 & 71 at the edge of Kansas City.

Mail via Parkville; population 562. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Parkville elevation 755 feet

In 1837 the site of Parkville was selected by Stephen and David English ... In 1851 there were two drug stores ... A tin and stove business. Also in 1851 flouring and saw mills were erected east of the city. Later there were stone masons, brick makers and carpenters. Park College also is located here ... (--Hist. Of Platte Co., 1885, pp. 840, 841, 842.)

Parkville, at the mouth of the Platte River and on the K. C. St. J. & C. B. R. R., 20 miles east of Beverly ... was once a place of considerable importance, but decreased in population during the Civil War and in 1874 had only about 600 inhabitants. (--Campbell, p. 447.)

It is situated in Twp. 51 N, R. 34 W, at the junction of 45 & FF at the edge of Kansas City.

It is a branch of Kansas City. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Platte City Depot

See Tracy.

Platte Woods

Platte Woods is situated in Twp. 51 N, R. 33 W at the junction of Highways 9 & 71 at the edge of Kansas City.

Mail via Parkville; population 484. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Ridgeley Preston Township

Ridgeley was laid out by Christopher Black, Preston Akers, Samuel Phillips and Theodore Fitzgerald, but prior to the establishment of Ridgeley, a town about one-half mile north of the present location was started by Jeremiah Farmer, which was by some called "Hell Town." The name killed it and Ridgeley supplied its place.

C. F. Chrisman was postmaster in 1885. (--Hist. of Platte Co., pp. 894, 895.)

It is situated in the northeast section of the county, at Sec. 29, 30, 31 & 32, Twp. 54 N, R. 33 W, at the junction of B & E.

Mail via Edgerton; population 25. There is a Ridgeley in Barry County. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Settle Station

Settle Station was four miles above Platte City, on the C. R. I. & P. R. R., and had a good general store and a post-office. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 991.)

It is no longer listed.

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Sharps

Sharps was situated northeast of Platte City, at Sec. 16, Twp. 53 N, R. 34 W near the Platte River.

It is no longer listed.

Shivelton (Block's Mill)

This unique town or community was on the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Council Bluffs R. R., 14 miles north of Beverly. It had a few houses. (--Campbell, p. 448.)

It was on the Buchanan County line. (-- New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Campbell, Map 17.)

It is no longer listed by either name.

Stillings

Stillings is located four miles south of Beverly Junction on the C. B. & Q. R. R. (--Williams, p. 481.)

Mail via Platte City; population 40. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Sugar Lake

Sugar Lake is located on the K. C. St. J. & C. B. R. R. ... The place takes its name from the lake near which it is located. (--Hist. of Platte Co., p. 1087.)

Mail via Rushville (Buchanan Co.); population 250. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Tracy Fair Township

Tracy ... is situated three-quarters of a mile northwest of Platte City on the C. R. I. & P. R. R. ... The village was first located as a town site in the spring of 1870.

It was surveyed by a man named Humrod, a civil engineer in the employ of what was then called the South Chicago, & Southwestern R. R. Co. The west end of the road was commenced at the Missouri River, and built to this place in the winter of 1869. In the spring of 1870 a depot was built at the place which was called Platte City Depot. The name of Tracy, afterwards given the town was for a prominent railroad official. T. H. Coleman, then a grocer of Platte City, suggested to G. W. R. Chinn that it would be a good business point. Mr. Chinn agreed to put up a building for anyone who would furnish the lumber. Mr. Coleman supplied the lumber, then after Mr. Chinn built the building, Mr. Coleman declined to put in a stock of groceries ... In 1885, the place had a mill and elevator, a creamery, 2 hardware stores, 2 grocery

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Tracy (Cont)

stores, 1 drug store, etc. Population about 350. (--Hist. of Platte Co., 1885, pp. 990, 991.)

It is situated at Sec. 26, Twp. 53 N, R. 34 W at the junction of 92, 371 & J.

Tracy Junction

It was in St. Clair County. It was on the south side of Vista, where the railroad tracks of the Kansas City, Clinton & Springfield crossed the tracks of the Frisco Railroad. (--Directory of St. Clair Co., July 1974, Moser.)

Waldron Waldron Township

Waldron, on the K. C., St. J. & C. B. R. R., nine miles south of East Leavenworth is a small town which had grown up around Waldron's extensive mills. (--Campbell, p. 448.)

It is situated at Secs. 23 & 14, Twp. 51 N, R. 35 W on Highway 45 spur.

It is now on the BN R. R. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Waldron, a town in the south central portion of the township, is seventeen miles northwest from Kansas City. It was laid out by the Waldron Brothers, from whom the town takes its name. There were three general stores, one drug store, and one lumberyard and one mill, 1885. (--Hist. of Platte Co., pp. 885, 886.)

Weatherby Lake

It is situated on Twp. 51 N, R. 34 W on Highway T between N & 9.

Mail via Parkville; population 832; is a Weatherby in De Kalb County. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Woodruff

Woodruff is approximately midway between New Market and Beverly Station. (--Williams, p. 481.)

It is situated at Sec. 34, Twp. 54 N, R. 35 W on Chicago & Great Western R. R.

Mail via Weston -- rural; no population. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)


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