Butler County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Athlone

Fairfield Township

 39.357834 -84.519389   at the railroad crossing where N Gilmore Rd meets Bobmeyer Rd along the Miami & Erie Canal, no known remnants

38.9856244 -83.5796411  Athlone was a flag stop (trains would stop if signaled) on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. It can be spotted on the county outline map page in the 1914 Butler County Atlas between Ixworth & Flockton.

Belt Junction

City Of Hamilton (formerly in St. Clair Township)

 39.407012 -84.580768   on Millvale Ave around the railroad crossing at the intersection of S Edgewood Ave, old buildings in the area

The Belt Line Railroad built by the Hamilton Belt Railway Company was completed in 1896 & served the Champion Paper Mill. It met the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad at the intersection.

Boggerville

Reily Township

 39.456795 -84.712627  on N Pierson Rd between Woods Station Rd & Garver Elliot Rd

Boggerville was on the north side of the railroad tracks at Woods Station which it predated as a town & kept it's own name through the late 1800's. State Geologist & first President Of Ohio State University, Edward Orton, noted Boggerville's existence on a map in the 1878 Report of the Geological Survey of Ohio, Volume 3.

 Brownstown (Ball's Ferry) 

Madison Township

 39.477505 -84.440418  on Radabaugh Rd next to the Great Miami River between SR 73 & Sycamore Rd, Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery at the intersection of SR 73 (W State St) & Hamilton Trenton Rd. 

The original settlement at this location was called Brownstown in the very early 1800's but it didn't last long & the founders either died or moved. Shortly after that it changed to Ball's Ferry, named after Revolutionary War veteran Davis Ball (1758 - 1819) & Mary (Hatfield) Ball (1763 - 1835) who came to Ohio from New Jersey. They had a farm, a few children, & Davis operated a ferry. He tragically died with a group who insisted on a crossing in dangerously high waters & the ferry overturned. Davis & Mary's son Aaron (1791 - 1863) operated the ferry until 1861. They were buried with relatives in Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery.

Busenbark (Busenbark Station)

St. Clair Township

 39.465994 -84.485713  on Busenbark Rd at the intersection of Hamilton Trenton Rd, Ohio historical marker at the intersection, & the farm site of a championship boxing match still standing

It was founded by Robert Busenbark (1793 - 1872) & Margaret (Stout) Busenbark (1788 - 1879) who moved to Ohio from New Jersey. They had a large farm & a couple of children. They donated land for a school in 1833 & along with one of their sons David (1819 - 1908), donated more land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad in the 1850's. A local farm was the site of a bare-knuckle boxing Heavyweight Championship Of America match between Mike McCoole & Aaron  Jones in 1867. Thousands of fans rode in on trains to catch the outdoor match. Busenbark also had a grain elevator & warehouse & a water pump station which supplied electricity for the railroad when it was converted from steam trains. Robert  & Margaret were buried with relatives in Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery at the intersection of SR 73 (W State St) & Hamilton Trenton Rd.

Christiana

Madison Township

1829 - 1837

exact location unknown, was approximately 14 miles northeast of Hamilton

It was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide from 1837 - 1841 & 1854 A Gazetteer of the United States of America.

Clawson

Liberty Township

1881 - 1900

 39.407793 -84.451705  on SR 747 between Millikin Rd & Kyles Station Rd, Spring Hill (Clawson) Cemetery on the west side of SR 747 about .1 (1/10) mile south of Millikin Rd 

The town was founded by James Clawson (1796 - 1895) & Rebecca (Vail) Clawson (1798 - 1870). They were both born in Pennsylvania & moved to Butler County with their families at early ages where they met & married. The Clawsons had 8 children & steadily accumulated a successful farm of over 600 acres. The town also had a couple of churches & a school. James & Rebecca were buried with relatives in Spring Hill (Clawson) Cemetery.

Hanover (Hanover Station)

Hanover Township

 39.428388 -84.646338   on Mormon Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 130 (Old Oxford Rd) & Stahlheber Rd

The train station was in the southwest corner of the crossing on the former Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Ixworth

City Of Hamilton (formerly in Fairfield Township)

39.366723 -84.544112  on Bobmeyer Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 4 & Tuley Rd, old houses & buildings in the area 

It had a train station of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. Unfortunately 9 members of one family were killed by a northbound train when crossing the tracks in an automobile on July 26, 1936.

Jones (Jones Station) (Stockton)

Fairfield Township

1856 - 1883

 39.321944 -84.494288   on Seward Rd at the railroad crossing near the intersection of Stockton Rd., Stockton (Walker Family) Cemetery at the intersection of Seward Rd & Stockton Station Dr south of SR 4

The town was founded by John D. Jones, a dry goods merchant from Cincinnati, who donated land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad. Thomas Kirk was the first station agent & built a general store. The town also had a school, saloon, & Methodist Episcopal church. The post office was last named Stockton & the area still goes by that name for census purposes.

McDonald (Donald) (Donald Switch) (Donald Station)

Oxford Township

 39.530121 -84.777994  on Ringwood Rd at the railroad crossing between US 27 (College Corner Pike) & Taylor Rd, old houses in the area

McDonald had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad & a massive 60 car length passing siding for loading cargo.

Millikin

Liberty & Union Township

 39.373668 -84.454943  on SR 747 (Princeton Glendale Rd) at the intersection of Hamilton Mason Rd, no known remnants 

The town was founded by a branch of the Millikin family in the area.

Ogleton

Reily Township

1863 - 1864

 39.471164 -84.738008   on Stillwell Beckett Rd at the railroad crossing between Harley Rd & Stephenson Rd, no known remnants 

The proprietors were Alexander Ogle (1808 - 1887) & Lucinda (Able) Ogle (1810 - 1865). It had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad.

Old River Junction

City Of Hamilton (formerly in Fairfield Township)

 39.407912 -84.554230  off N 3rd St on the railroad tracks between Vine St & the Great Miami River 

Old River Junction was the name of the previously much shorter span of shared track bed than there is now of the two main railroads running through Hamilton.

Sheleys (Sheleys Station)

Fairfield Township

 39.428039 -84.513034   on Canal Rd at the intersection of Headgates Rd along the Miami & Erie Canal, no known remnants   

The town was founded by Daniel Sheley (1835 - 1927) & Gertrude (Miller) Sheley (1840 - 1916). They owned a nice farm, had several children, & Daniel held every township office at one time or another. He was also a Freemason &  county commissioner from 1892 - 1898. Sheleys main industry was ice production for Hamilton & Cincinnati. Daniel & Gertrude were buried in Greenlawn Cemetery on Greenwood Ave in Hamilton.

Stillwell (Stillwell's Corners)

Hanover Township

1831 - 1859

 39.453050 -84.688592   on Stillwell Beckett Rd at the intersection of US 27 (Millville Oxford Rd), Ohio Historical Marker at Hancock Family (Stillwell) Cemetery on the grounds of Indian Ridge Golf Club north of the intersection

It's business busy proprietors were Jacob D. & Elizabeth Stillwell. They owned a distillery built in 1830, steam powered grist & sawmills built in 1835 - '36, a tavern, general store, & Jacob was the postmaster. Their daughter Lida married congressman Samuel Fenton Cary. The cemetery was established in 1811 & many township pioneers were buried there in currently unmarked graves.

Woods (Woods Station)

Reily Township

1882 - 1908

 39.457702 -84.717375  on S Law Rd at the railroad crossing between Garver Elliot Rd & Stillwell Beckett Rd 

The town & train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad was named after the railroad president John Woods (1794 - 1855). The station had a nice livestock pen for animals waiting for loading.

Busenbark, OH - (1850's - ? farming town annexed into Trenton, OH)

Classification: ghost town

Location: St. Clair Township, Butler County - On Busenbark Rd. near the itersection of Riverside Dr.

Busenbark was settled by Robert Busenbark (1793 - 1872) & his wife Margaret (Stout) Busenbark (1788 - 1879). In 1833 they donated land for a local school (Butler Co. District #6) & in the 1850's Robert & his son David donated more land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad. Busenbark Rd. was established in 1858. The town also had a grain elevator, a warehouse, & a water pump station that supplied electricity to the railroad & surrounding community when it was converted over from steam trains.

A boxing match between Mike McCoole & Aaron Jones in 1867 was the biggest event that Busenbark ever had with thousands of people riding in on the trains to attend the outdoor fight. The farm it was held on still stands today. Busenbark is highlighted by Ohio Historical Marker #8 - 9 on Hamilton Trenton Rd. close to Busenbark Rd & shares the marker with Dr. Charles F. Richter (1900 - 1985) who was born in the area & invented the earthquake Richter Scale. The Busenbark family was buried in Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery about 2.5 miles east of Busenbark at 1 S. Main Street, Trenton, OH 45067. The cemetery was established in 1802 & has Ohio Historical Marker #18 - 9 which tells more of it's story. 

Rialto, OH - (1880's - 1900 paper mill & canal town annexed into Westchester)

Classification: small town

Location: West Chester Township, Butler County - On Port Union Rialto Rd. near the intersection of Rt. 747

Rialto sits along the Miami & Erie Canal & was the site of three paper mills. A dozen or so houses were built for their workers & the town had a post office from 1890-1900. Rialto was mostly abandoned when the canal closed & the mills went out of business in the early 1900's but has had new development with a modernized community since then. 

Hamilton County Ohio Ghost Towns - 1888 Bridgman's Atlas Of The State Of Ohio
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