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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Saline County

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Arrow Rock

It is the oldest town in the county. In 1807 or 1808, George Sibley built a log house for the sale of goods to the Indians, and in 1811 Henry Becknell established the first ferry across the Missouri River west of Old Franklin ... The first school house was built in 1835. In 1839 the county seat was removed to this place from Jonesborough, and was subsequently removed to Marshall ... The name of the town was formerly New Philadelphia. The origin of the latter name is in dispute. Some assert that it was called Arrow Rock on account of the Indians making their arrow heads from stones found there. Others contend that the name is corrupted from Airy Rock, so called from the high winds prevalent upon the eminence. (--Ency. of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conard, Vol. 1, p. 63.)

The name which this town now bears is that by which it was designated by early settlers. It had, however, been changed to New Philadelphia. The absurdity of this appellation was perceived, and by act of the legislature its simple and truly appropriate name was restored. It was from the rocks here that the Indians processed their arrow points ... C. F. Jackson was postmaster in 1837. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of the State of Mo., 1837, p. 218, 276.)

This town, one of the oldest in the county and country, is situated on the right bank of the Missouri River, on a high and commanding plateau overlooking a magnificent forest valley on the Howard County side ... The place was formerly called "the Arrow Rock," as such it was known by the early French voyageurs, and the trappers and hunters. This name was given to the large rock or cliff at the town. Upon the formation of the town, it was christened after the rock.

There are divers versions of the origin of the name. One is that the rock or bluff was much frequented by Indians .. and every year they would go to "arrow rock" to obtain flint ...

Another version was given by a Mr. Nowlin, an old citizen. The Indians, in the long ago, were in the habit of crossing the river at this point from the opposite side where the heat was and they would go to a certain spot to cool off. This point was called the "Windy Rock," or the "Airy Rock," and the latter designation became the more common. When Mr. Ferrell established his ferry he called it the "Airy Rock Ferry." In time the name became corrupted or changed to Arrow Rock, and was thus known ever after. It is said the Tennesseans pronounced the word arrow as if it were spelled arry or airy and when they heard the place called Airy Rock, understood it to mean Arrow Rock ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 474, 475.)

The first dwelling house built on the fifty acres donated for the town site, was built by Joseph Patterson, in the fall of 1829 ... For some time the place was called New Philadelphia, but gradually its present designation was universally known. In 1839 the county seat was removed to Arrow Rock ... and in time it became the most important town in the county. (--Ibid: p. 475.)

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Arrow Rock (Cont)

It is situated at Sec. 36, Twp. 50 N, Range 19 West, in the southeast corner of the county on Highway 41. (--General Highway Map of Saline County, 9-21-62, issued by the Missouri State Highway Department. Unless otherwise noted all map descriptions are from this map.

Ayres

Ayres was situated at Sec. 10 & 11, Twp. 52 N, Range 20 West on Highway O south of F.

It was on R. F. D. from Slater. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, Walter Williams, p. 509.)

The post-office was discontinued prior to 1905. (--General Scheme for Mo., issued by Post Master General for the use of Railway Clerks, p. 103.)

It is not listed in Std. Ref. Guide of Mo., Rand, McNally, 1974.

Blackburn elevation 795 feet

Seventeen miles west of Marshall, on the C. & A. R. R., is situated the thriving village of Blackburn, about midway between the northern and southern boundaries of Saline, on Quality Ridge. Upon the completion of the C. & A. R. R., to that point, F. H. Blackburn, in whose honor the town is named, and P. H. Rea, of Marshall, laid out the city's boundaries. This was in 1879 ...

In the spring of 1879, George A. Alkire built a house and opened the first store, keeping general merchandise ... H. C. Spencer had the first drug store ... Other businesses were a lumber yard, hardware and Implement Co., dry goods, clothing and staple goods. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 513, 514.)

It is on the western edge of the county near Lafayette County line, on Highway 20 west of BB.

Blosser

Blosser is situated at Sec. 23, Twp. 51 N, Range 22 West on Missouri Pacific R.R., west of Stanhope.

There was a post-office there in 1893, 1894. (--Missouri Manual, p. 289.)

There is no population. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Blue Lick

It is situated at Sec. 22, Twp. 49 N, Range 21 West northeast of Herndon, west of Highway 65.

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

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Brownsville (Sweet Springs)

This town on the Lexington Branch of the M. P. R. R., 22 1/2 miles west of Sedalia and 20 miles southwest of Marshall, was an important shipping point. It contained 2 banks, 40 stores, 2 mills, 3 churches, Presbyterian, M.E. Church South and Reformed, good schools, and a population of about 1,000. Sweet Springs, remarkable for their medicinal virtue are situated about 1 mile southeast of this place. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 584.)

One report states the first house on the town site was built by an old bachelor named Asa Pennington, who was from Kentucky.

It was asserted that the town was laid out in 1832, but a Mrs. Laughlin stated that the first settlers were John Berry and James Fitzpatrick, who came in February, 1837. Fitzpatrick built a house ... and opened a store, selling the first dry goods ever sold in the place. He entered the land on Sec. 11, of Salt Pond Township ... From statements made by other parties and from the records, it appears that Stephen G. Westworth was the founder of the town; that it was laid out in 1832, and incorporated, May 3, 1870. Milo S. Lauglin was the first mayor. The post-office was established in 1840, and James Fitzgerald was the first postmaster ...

The first railroad ever built in Saline County was then called the Lexington and St. Louis Railroad, later the Lexington Branch of the Missouri Pacific. It passed through the southwest corner of Salt Pond Township, and Brownsville was the first station in the county ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 500, 501, 502.)

It is no longer listed.

Bryan

Bryan was located in Rock Township, possibly in Sec. 8. (--Campbell's New Atlas of Mo., Map 18; 1874.)

It is no longer listed.

Cambridge

The town of Cambridge was first occupied in 1845, and regularly laid out in 1848. The first man who did business was F.A. Brightwell, and he built the first house. He was the first postmaster, the post-office being established about the year 1845 ...

The town of Cambridge was at one time a place of considerable importance, but the building of the Chicago & Alton (now Gulf, Mobile & Ohio) Railway, or rather its location away from the town, and the building of Slater and Gilliam have greatly damaged its prosperity. Houses have been moved to Slater, and business men have followed them. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1882, p. 462; Ency. of Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conard, Vol. 1, p. 473.)

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Cambridge (Cont)

Cambridge was situated at Sec. 26 Twp. 52 N, Range 19 West, northeast of Gilliam on Highway PP.

It is no longer listed.

Centerville See Orearville.

There is a Centerville in Reynolds County. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Cow Creek

Green McCafferty was postmaster in 1837. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of Mo., p. 276.)

It was in Green Pass Township; postage 25 cents. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 425, 426.)

Cow Creek, the stream, runs in a northeasterly direction west of Northon and Slater.

Cow Creek was not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893, 94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

It is no longer listed.

Cretcher

Cretcher was situated at Sec. 15, 16, Twp. 20 N, Range 22 West on Highway EE north of I-70.

The post-office was listed in Mo. Manual, 1893, 94, p. 290.

It was discontinued prior to 1905. (General Scheme, p. 103.)

It is no longer listed.

Elk Hill see Marshall

Elmwood

Elmwood is situated in the southwestern section of the county, at Sec. 3, Twp. 49 N, Range 23 West at the junction of 127 & W.

The post-office was listed in Mo. Manual, 1893, 94, p. 290.

It was discontinued prior to 1905. (--Gen. Scheme, p. 103.)

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

Emma

Emma is on the Lafayette-Saline County line, at Sec. 6 & 7, Twp. 48 N, Range 23 West on Y south of I-70.

According to Lafayette County legend, the pioneer settlers of Emma believed Paul Revere rode a horse named "Emma," and so they named the community in long-delayed tribute. It this were

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Emma (Cont)

true they made a mistake, according to the Revere Society in Boston, whose information indicates Revere rode a borrowed horse named "Brown Beauty."

Whether the legend be truth or fiction there is no authentic information concerning any other "Emma" for whom the town might have been named. (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, a publication of the Missouri Pacific Railway Co., p. 208.)

Fairville

In the neighborhood of Fairville ... it may be stated that the first settlers were Mrs. Green McCafferty, wife of the surveyor of the county, who came before the year 1831 to Sec. 31, Twp. 52 N, Range 20 West, Daniel Snoddy from Rockingham County, West Virginia, in 1832 to Sec. 10, Twp 52 N, Range 21, and James Lewis, from West Va., in 1836, to Sec. 10, Twp. 51 N, Range 51 West. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 441.)

Fairville was located ten miles northwest of Marshall, and had one school house, two stores and three shops, (1874.) (--Campbell's Gaz. of Mo., 1874, p. 584.)

It was situated at Sec. 4, Twp. 51 N, Range 20 West at the junction of 122 & 41.

The post-office was listed in Mo. Manual, 1893-94, p. 291. It was discontinued prior to 1905. (--General Scheme, p. 103.)

It is no longer listed.

Finney's Creek

It was in the west central part of Blackwater Township, near Liberty Township line. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 18.)

It is no longer listed.

Gilham's Landing

Gilham's Landing was situated at Twp. 51 N, Range 23 West. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 424.)

It is no longer listed.

Gilliam elevation 825 feet

Gilliam is located in the northeast section at Sec. 5, Twp. 51 N, Range 19 West at the junction of M & 240.

The post-office was discontinued prior to 1905. (--Gen. Scheme, p. 103.)

It was reestablished prior to 1974. Zip Code 65330 (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Grand Pass elevation 660 feet

The Grand Pass ... is a narrow pass of high bluff land from one hundred to five hundred yards wide, between the waters of Salt Fork on the one side and the lake in the river bottom on the other side.

In the early trading times, 1835, a hotel was built and kept on the pass by the Early brothers John and William ... The first post-office was kept at the house of Capt. John De Moss, by himself. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 431.)

It is situated at Sec. 16 & 21, Twp. 51 N, Range 23 West at the junction of BB, 65 & 240.

This rural community near Marshall was named by pioneers who crossed the Missouri River at a wide, level area there during dry weather. A subsequent change in the river's course converted the original crossing to farm land but the name was retained. (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, p. 213.

Greenville See Miami.

Gwinntown

The first settlements in Jefferson Township were made by Richard Edmonson, from Tennessee, in 1816 ... Wm. J. Wolfskill, Rice Downing, and Jane Hurd, from Kentucky, and Able Garrett, Wm. McDaniel and the Gwinn family (three brothers, Bartholomew, William and Almand), from Cocke County, Tenn. ... settled on Sec. 16, Twp. 19 West. This settlement was for a time, called Gwinntown ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 455.)

It is no longer listed.

Hardeman

Hardeman is situated at Sec. 20, Twp. 50 N, Range 20 West at the junction of D & 41..

The post-office was discontinued prior to 1905. (--Gen. Scheme, p. 103.)

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

Harmony

Harmony is on the eastern edge of the county, on C. R. I. & P. R. R. (--Map of Mo., 1917, Rand, McNally.)

No population. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Hazel Grove

Hazel Grove was in the northwestern corner of Liberty Township. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Map 18.)

It is no longer listed.

Herndon

The town of Herndon was laid off by T. C. Elliott in ____. The first house was built by Edward Herndon, and was the storehouse occupied by Fenwick & Surbaugh, harness and saddlery establishment ... In 1881 there were general merchandise stores, two blacksmith shops, one carpenter shop, one flouring mill, with two run of stones, and two physicians, and one wagon ship. The post-office was established in 1875. The town was named for E. S. Herndon, who established the first store, the first dwelling house and the post-office. Population in 1881: 85. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 490.)

It was situated at Sec. 30, Range 21 West and Sec. 25, Range 22 West in Township 49 N, on YY north of I-70.

It is no longer listed.

Jonesborough Jonesboro

This town, once the capital and metropolis of Saline County ... has become ... so reduced in size and population as to now (1881) be but a wreck of its former greatness ... In addition to its being the seat of justice, in the county where all public business was transacted, it was a favorite outfitting depot and starting point for many traders, explorers and adventurers, who traveled to Santa Fe in the early days and who preferred this place over Independence, in Jackson County ...

But with the departure of the county seat to Arrow Rock departed the glory of Jonesboro. Its stores and Galbraith's mill drew people thither for a time, but as time passed other stores were established and other mills were built, and the place dwindled and shrank away until its size was insignificant, its streets vacated. "Nettles and brambles grew in the fortresses thereof," and the courthouse became a habitation for bats and a court for owls. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 478, 479.)

The first post-office in the county was at Jonesborough ... A letter cost twenty-five cents, payable on delivery. (--Ibid: p. 495.)

Jonesborough was the county seat in 1837. William N. Oliver was postmaster. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of the State of Mo., 1837, p. 276.)

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Koping

Koping was four miles west of Ridge Prairie. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, Walter Williams, p. 509.)

It is no longer listed.

Laynesville

The town of Laynesville was situated on Sec. 32, Twp. 52 N, Range 22 West, on the bank of the Missouri River. It was founded in 1870 by John W. Layne, a large stock dealer, shipper and commission merchant then living in the town of Malta Bend on the Petite Saw Plains. G. T. Walden opened the first store, having a stock of general merchandise. A post-office was located here very soon after it was laid out ... In 1875, when it was at its Zenith, it had one general store, one grocery store, one large flouring mill, three large warehouses, one saw mill, two physicians, one church and one good school. In 1881 it dwindled down to one general store and post-office, two warehouses, two saw mills, one church and one school ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 456, 457.)

It is no longer listed.

Little Arrow Rock

See Saline City.

Little Rock Post Office

See Saline City.

Little Rock so listed in Mo. Manual, 1893-94; also General Scheme, 1905, p. 103.)

Malta Bend elevation 690 feet

The town of Malta Bend, located on the Petit Saw, in Grand Pass Township, was laid off by Joseph R. Lumbeck in 1867. There were then three dwelling houses and one dry goods and a variety store and a post-office at this point ...

The town of Malta Bend derived its name in the following manner: Many years ago (1881), the old steam boat Malta struck a snag , on one of her trips up the river, and sank at a bend near what has since been called Malta Bend landing. The bend in the river assumed the name of the steam boat, and the landing the name of the bend, and the town, back on the bluffs, the name of the landing Malta Bend. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 434.)

Malta Bend is situated at Sec. 19, Twp. 51 N, Range 22 West on Highway 65 east of 127.

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Marshall

Jeremiah O'Dell donated the sixty-five acres upon which the original town was laid out. The location had been sometime known as the Elk Hill, so-called from the droves of elk which frequented the site itself and the adjacent country.

Henry C. Simmons built the first house in 1839. It was a one story frame house and was used as a saloon. Thomas Davis built the first two-story house, and sold the first goods. Col. William Lewis put up the second store, and was the second merchant in the place ...

The town was first incorporated in 1866. In order to take in more territory, February 10, 1870, it was re-incorporated or incorporated regularly ... The first mayor was A.A. Newman. The post-office was established in 1840 and John Hood was the first post-master. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 519, 520.)

It is situated at Sec. 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, Twp. 50 N, Range 21 West at the junction of Highways 65, 240, & 41.

Miami

The town of Miami is one of the oldest in the county, and one with a most interesting history. It was formerly called Greenville, and at one time aspired to be the county seat ...

The site of the town of Miami was entered in the year 1833, by Henry Farrell, one of the pioneers of Saline County. In 1836 he established a ferry, and in 1838 he laid out the town, which was known as Greenville until 1843, when it was changed to Miami ... The first merchant was Singleton Vaughn. The first crop of hemp shipped was that of P. Y. Irvine, Esq., shipped by J. J. Ferrill, in 1840. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 447.)

It is situated in the northwestern section of the county, Sec. undetermined, Twp 52 N, Range 21 West, at the junction of 41 & F.

McAllister Springs

McAllister listed in General Scheme, p. 103.

It was located in the southwest corner of the county at the junction of M & EE.

It is no longer listed.

Mt. Leonard elevation 795 feet

Mt. Leonard was laid out in the latter part of 1877, upon the completion of the Chicago & Alton Railroad (now Gulf, Mobile & Ohio), and named in honor of the Leonard brothers. (--Hist. of Saline Co., p. 515.)

It is situated at Sec. 13, 14, Twp. 51 N, Range 23 West on 127 north of 20.

Mail via Malta Bend. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

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Napton Naptonville or Napton P. O.

William B. Napton, a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri, was honored when the town's name was changed from Jonesboro to avoid duplication. It was established as the county seat of Saline Co., in 1831 before the county government was shifted to Marshall. The present Missouri Pacific Railroad reached Napton in 1857 ... (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, p. 234.)

It is situated in the southeastern section of the county at Sec. 2 & 3, Twp. 49 N, Range 20 West on Highway E south of 41.

It is designated as Naptonville or Napton P.O. on Map of Missouri, 1911, Rand, McNally.

New Frankfort elevation 625 feet

The town of Frankfort or New Frankfort was laid off in January, 1858, by the Columbia City Building Association, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its real founders were Messrs. Kaul, Alexander and Keye. The town was incorporated in 1859. The first mayor was John Kopler. The post-office was established the same year, and Mrs. Kopler was the first postmaster ... Peter Kaul built the first house; John Kopler owned the first store. (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 457.)

It is situated at Sec. 8, Twp. 52 N, Range 19 West on Highway M at the edge of the Missouri River.

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

Nelson

Nelson was named for Lucien Nelson, one of the promoters of a town company when the "Missouri River Line" of the Missouri Pacific was built in the 1880's. Until that time the area was virtually undeveloped. (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, p. 236.)

It is located in the southeast corner of the county, at Sec. 29 & 30, Twp. 49 N, Range 19 West at the junction of DD & AA.

New Philadelphia

See Arrow Rock

Norton elevation 700 feet

The town of Norton, located on the C. A. (now G.M. & O.) Railroad about midway between Marshall and Slater, was laid off by Jesse Van Winkle, who was the owner of the land, it being part of a 500 acre tract, Sec. 18, Twp. 51 N, Range 20 West ... in the summer of 1878 ... In the same year, 1878, an elevator with a capacity of 20,000 bushels, was built by Mr. John M. Woodson, of St. Louis, ... He also built a large store room ... One blacksmith shop, and residence make up the rest of the town, so far ... (1881) (--Hist. of Saline Co., p. 530.)

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Norton (Cont)

It is located on Highway O.

Mail is via Marshall. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Old Jefferson

Within Jefferson Township, upon the banks of the Missouri stood Jefferson or Old Jefferson, as it was called, which was the first county seat of the county -- now no more. For eleven years, it was the capital of Saline, with all that it implied, which in that day was not much ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, p. 456.)

Orearville

Orearville was first called Centerville ... Its site was first settled by James Smith, of Tennessee, who located on Sec. 26 & 27 ... He sold to James Shelby, son of ex-Governor Shelby of Kentucky ... The tract, in 1881, belonged to George and F. H. Orear ... The first practicing physician was Dr. Fielding Combs, from Kentucky ... The first school house was built one-fourth of a mile northeast of the village, on land donated by George O'Rear, in 1865, at a cost of $400. The citizens were taxed to build it ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 469, 470.)

It was situated at Secs. 26, 27, Twp. 51 N, Range 20 West at the junction of P & 240, east of Marshall. The earliest post-office was listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-1894.

The post-office was discontinued prior to 1905. (--General Scheme, p. 103.)

It is no longer listed.

Petra

A post-office ten miles north, northeast of Marshall. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1974, p. 585.)

It is not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893, 94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

It is no longer listed.

Ridge Prairie

This town is in the southern portion of Blackwater Township. Ridge Prairie gets its name from our first post-office, which was at 'Squire Hancock's, and by "Pony Purse," was brought weekly from Arrow Rock. The office got its name from the prairie ... being a little over a mile wide and three miles long.

The village sustained two mercantile houses, one drug store, two blacksmith shops, and several dwelling houses ... (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 484, 485.)

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Ridge Prairie (Cont)

It is situated at Sec. 12, Twp. 48 N, Range 20 West on a service road north of I-70-40, east of JJ.

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

Saline City

The town of Saline City (P.O. Little Rock), is situated on a high bluff bank of the Missouri River, on the eastern side of Saline County, and in the southeast part of Clay Township; Sec. 1, Twp. 50 N, Range 19 West. The site of the town was cleared off by Mr. Rufus Bigelow, in 1858, and the town, surveyed and laid off by Col. Geo. W. Allen -- the land belonging to Thos. Jackson and Lewis Eversman. The first store, a frame 20X33, was built by Rufus Bigelow ...

The town was named Saline City -- Though the point had been known by the Indians, and by them named "Little Arrow Rock." When the post-office was established here, it was found that there was already a post-office in Missouri named Saline City, hence the Post Office Department registered the office as "Little Rock, Mo." The town and its site were long called "Little Arrow Rock." (--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 468, 469.)

It is situated at the junction of FF & P, south of 240. Mail via Slater, rural. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

There was a Saline in Mercer Co. (--Mo. Manual, 1917-18, p. 642.)

The Salt Springs

The hamlet and post-office of this name was situated about eight miles west of Marshall. It consisted of a post-office, a dry goods store and grocery store, a blacksmith shop, etc. It was situated within one-fourth of a mile from either of the two large salt springs, in the beautiful Salt Springs Valley. (--Hist. of Saline Co., p. 516.)

It was located at Sec. 17 & 20, Twp. 50 N, Range 22 West on EE north of 20.

It is no longer listed.

Shackleford Shackelford

It was laid out in the fall of 1878, upon the completion of the railroad ... It was laid out upon land belonging to Joe Thompson & Son, James Huey and Wm. Sheridan. Messrs. Race & Page were the first to engage in business here. Their business was buying and shipping grain. Then Flynn & Bro. built and operated a grocery store, followed in the same line of business by Armentrout & Gauldin, later Armentrout & Bro. In 1881 there were two grocery stores, one dry goods establishment, a drug store, a blacksmith shop, a hotel, a Baptist Church, a large grain house, railroad depot and stock yards.

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Shackleford Shackelford (Cont)

(--Hist. of Saline Co., 1881, pp. 530, 531.)

It is situated at Sec. 14, Twp. 50 N, Range 22 West on Highway 20 west of Marshall.

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

Sharon

Sharon is in the north central section of the county, at Sec. 7, Twp. 52 N, Range 20 West on Highway C east of 41.

There was a post-office there in 1893, 94. (--Mo. Manual, p. 296.)

It was discontinued prior to 1905. (--General Scheme, p. 103.)

Mail via Slater -- rural. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Slater elevation 860 feet

The town of Slater is situated on the line of the Chicago & Alton (now Gulf, Mobile & Ohio) Railway, twelve miles distant from Marshall and twelve miles distant from Glasgow and the rail road bridge over the river at that point ... It was first laid off in 1878 ...

The town was named in honor of Col. Slater, of Chicago, a prominent director of the Chicago & Alton road. The first settlers in the town were Josiah Baker, Jr., Mahlon Hatfield, Hiram Liggett, T. B. Morris, and others. The first business established was the lumber yard of Ancell & Baker, in September, 1878, and the first business houses completed were those of W. P. Casebolt and Josiah Baker, in October following, the latter building being occupied by Jones Bros., druggists ...

When the town was first laid out lumber was hauled from Arrow Rock, fifteen miles away and from Cambridge, eight miles. (--Hist. of Saline Co., pp. 463, 464, 465.)

It is situated at Sec. 2 & 11, Twp. 51 N, Range 20 West at the junction of O, 240, & C.

South Grove

South Grove was a post-office eleven miles southwest of Marshall. (--Gazetteer of Mo., 1974, p. 505.)

It is not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893, 94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

It is not listed in Rand, McNally, 1974.

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Stanhope

Stanhope is situated at Sec. 19, Twp. 50 N, Range 22 West, west of Highway 41, northwest of Marshall.

There was a post-office there in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual, p. 296.)

Mail now via Malta Bend -- rural. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)

Sweet Springs elevation 675 feet

Once known as the "Saratoga of the West," this ... town derived its name from the springs that established it as a popular watering place. Sweet Springs was laid out as a town in 1848 by John Yanties, a Presbyterian minister who had settled on the site in 1826. A hotel, with accommodations for 400 guests, was built here by the Marmaduke brothers in 1877. By 1893 country spas of this type had declined in popularity, and the hotel was converted into the Marmaduke Military Academy. This school was disbanded in 1906 when the building burned. (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, pp. 249, 251.)

See Brownsville. (--Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 585.)

It is situated at Sec. 2, 11 & 14, Twp. 48 N, Range 23 West on Highway 127, south of I-70-40.

Walnut Farm

William Smith was postmaster in 1837. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of Mo., 1837, p. 276. (Location unknown.)

It was not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893-94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

It is not listed in Rand, McNally, 1974.

Wanamaker

Wanamaker was located on the south edge of the county at Sec. 14, Twp. 48 N, Range 21 West southeast of 65 & I-70-40.

There was a post-office there in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual, p. 297.)

It is no longer listed.

Wilton Springs

Wilton Springs was between Marshall and Napton, at Sec. 33, Twp. 50 N, Range 20 West on the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

It was not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893-94.

It is not listed in Rand, McNally, 1974.

There is a Wilton in Boone Co. (--Ibid.)

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Woodson

Woodson was two and one-half miles north of Wamamaker. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 509.)

It is not listed in Rand, McNally, 1974.

There is a Woodson Terrace in St. Louis Co. (--Ibid.)

 


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