Adams County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Buck Run

Scott  Township

1872 - 1904

 38.985624 -83.579641    on SR 247 at the intersection with Calvary Rd, no known remnants

38.9856244 -83.5796411   The post office was originally at Campbell's Mills on Buck Run & operated out of a private residence in later years. 

Burkitts

Brush Creek Township

1835 - 1840

38.786254 -83.424999   on Cummings Rd (T-148)log church, Burkitt Cemetery, & a nice picnic area at the end of the road

The town was founded by Thomas Burkitt (1763 - 1836) & Polly (Wheeler) Burkitt (1766 - 1820). Both were buried in the cemetery.

Elizabeth (Elisabethtown)

Wayne Township

 38.899390 -83.595421   on the southeast side of SR 137 between Paint Rd & Potts Rd, no known remnants

Elisabethtown had 96 lots on 7 streets platted by James V. McNeil (1833 - 1913). He was buried in Cherry Fork Cemetery on SR 136.

Evergreen

Meigs Township

 38.919532 -83.402525    on Steam Furnace RdEvergreen Church & Cemetery about 1 1/2 miles south of SR 32

Evergreen's main industries were farming & livestock.

Fristoes

Meigs Township

 38.896202 -83.453228  on SR 42 along Brush Creek & the land where Brush Creek Motorsports complex now sits, no known remnants

It was founded by Richard Fristoe (1805 - 1885) & Anna (Sample) Fristoe (1805 - 1897) who were farmers & livestock dealers. They were buried in Locust Grove Cemetery on SR 42.

Grimes

Monroe Township

1886 - 1907

 38.676916 -83.453852    between US 52 & the Ohio River on the west side of Ohio Brush Creek, currently where Brush Creek Camp Ground also sits, no known remnants

It was founded by Greer Grimes (1803 - 1888) & Sophia (Smith) Grimes (1805 -  1893). Their 400 acre farm was purchased from uncle Noble Grimes's estate. Greer was also a banker.

Irvington

Scott  Township

1887 - 1898

 38.940004 -83.554702   on Tranquility Pike at the railroad crossing south of SR 770, no known remnants

Irvington was a farming & railroad town which sat on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad.

Killinstown

Tiffin  Township

on SR 125, historical marker approximately 3 1/2 miles east of West Union on the south side of SR 125

It was a stagecoach stop town platted by Revolutionary War veteran John Killin (1758 - 1844) who also ran the tavern & inn. John & Rachel (Harper) Killin were married by Justice Of The Peace Noble Grimes. John was buried in Pumpkin Ridge Cemetery (West Union Village Cemetery) on S Cherry St (Pumpkin Ridge Rd).

Kopp

Franklin Township

1902 - 1907

exact location unknown

 

McCarty

Tiffin  Township

 38.799014 -83.483000   on SR 125McCarty Cemetery behind Satterfield Chapel

The town was named after a large family in the area. Some of the members were buried in the cemetery.

McCullough

Scott  Township

1833 - 1905

 38.930120 -83.515398   along the railroad tracks south of Nichols Ridge Rd, no known remnants

The original proprietors were Archibald C. McCullough (born c. 1815) & Sarah (Elliot) McCullough (1820 - 1862). Archibald was a carpenter & farmer. They were buried in Tranquility Cemetery on Old SR 32. The town land stretched north along Ohio Brush Creek from the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad. 

Moore

Tiffin  Township

1881 - 1894

 38.798683 -83.428245   on SR 348 at the east end of Compton Hill Rd, no known remnants

The proprietors were descendants of Methodist minister Rev. Joseph Moore (1754 - 1824) & Rebecca (Foster) Moore (1755 - 1838). They were buried in Manchester IOOF Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Manchester.

Mount Leigh

Scott  Township

1854 - 1860

 38.955624 -83.573529   on SR 247Mount Leigh Cemetery at the intersection with Mt Leigh Rd

It was a farming & religious town founded by Presbyterians.

Mount Zion

Scott  Township

 38.944482 -83.592237   on Mt. Zion RdMount Zion Cemetery on the southeast side

 

Osman

Tiffin  Township

 1854 - 1881 & 1888 - 1902

 38.786097 -83.434263   on SR 348 between SR 125 & Compton Hill Rd, no known remnants

It was founded by Simon Osman (1808 - 1876) who was stabbed to death by members of the Easter family on the former wooden "Bloody Bridge" crossing Ohio Brush Creek on SR 125. His sons later took over proprietorship.

Palestine

Franklin Township

 38.970412 -83.394298   on SR 41 at the intersection with Conley & Adkins Rd, Wickerham Inn at the intersection

Palestine was a stagecoach stop town first settled in 1800 by Revolutionary War veteran Peter Wickerham (1756 - 1841) & Maria (Platter) Wickerham (1767 - 1839). They built the first brick house in the county which served as a tavern & inn. Both were buried in Locust Grove Cemetery on   SR 41.

Plum

Meigs Township

 38.949129 -83.366259   along the railroad off of Plum Run south of SR 32, no known remnants

Plum was a farming & railroad town which sat on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad.

Shimar

Meigs Township

exact location unknown

 

Stephens

Sprigg Township

1884 - 1907

exact location unknown, listed in the southern portion of Sprigg Township on page 27 of the 1888 Bridgman's Atlas Of The State Of Ohio

 

Waggoners Ripple

Green Township

1845 - 1906

 38.712574 -83.442411   near the intersection of Abner Hollow Rd & Waggoner Riffle Rd, no known remnants

The town was established in 1842.

Washington

Monroe Township

 38.678461 -83.456419    between US 52 & the Ohio River on the west side of Ohio Brush Creek, no known remnants 

Washington was platted with 84 lots in 1800 by Noble Grimes who was a justice of the peace & owned 1,000 acres. The town also had a large log courthouse & jail & was intended to be the future county seat but West Union won the contest in 1803. Washington didn't last much longer. Noble was buried on the farm's "river hill".

Ohio ghost town Brush Creek Furnace Adams County history travelBrush Creek Furnace, OH (Cedar Mills) - (1811 - late 1830's iron furnace & forge town partially abandoned when furnace production stopped)

Classification: small town

Location: Brush Creek Township, Adams County - On Cedar Mills Rd. (County Rd. 6) at the intersection of Rt. 348

Brush Creek Furnace was the first blast furnace in Ohio. It was built next to Cedar Creek in 1811 by Archibald Paull (1793 - 1854) & a Mr. McNichol from Pittsburgh, PA & employed over 200 local residents. There was also an iron forge that was located where St. Rt. 125 crosses Brush Creek near Rt. 348. The town of Brush Creek had a post office from 1818 - 1824, the forge had one from 1834 - 1835, & the furnace on Cedar Creek had one from 1833 - 1840. Iron production stopped in the late 1830's due to competition from cheaper fueled furnaces & the iron supply in the area nearing exhaustion.

The remaining residents changed it's name to Cedar Mills shortly after that because the local mills were still in operation. The Cedar Mills post office ran from 1868 - 1909. Brush Creek Cemetery is about 3 miles north of where the furnace was, close to the intersection of Cedar Mills Rd. & Steam Furnace Rd. There's also an old closed road bridge crossing the creek on Rt. 348.

Ohio ghost town Steam Furnace Adams County history travel abandonedSteam Furnace, OH - (1816 - present iron furnace & forge town partially abandoned when production stopped)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Meigs Township, Adams County - On Steam furnace Rd. (County Rd. 27) south side off of St. Rt. 32

An iron forge was built in 1815 & the furnace was built in 1816 by James Rodgers (1787 - 1860), Andrew Ellison (1755 - 1830), & his son Andrew Ellison Jr. The exact location of the furnace & original town is unknown but there's a couple of cemeteries & a few abandoned houses on Steam Furnace Rd. The ghost town is sometimes referred to as "Old" Steam Furnace, as there is a newer community in the area, but all the old town really had was the furnace, forge, a general store. 

James Rodgers & Andrew Ellison Jr. went on to build many other iron furnaces in Ohio. Rodgers also managed the Brush Creek Furnace for a few years. Some of the Ellison's relatives are buried in Brush Creek Cemetery. The google map below is centered on Steam Furnace Cemetery. There's also several other abandoned buildings & old store fronts in the area.

Adams & Highland County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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