Marion County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Beech

Claridon & Richland Township

 

 40.557837 -82.9768511  on Marion - Edison Rd at the intersection of Salem Rd, Salem Evangelical Church & Salem Cemetery on Salem Rd north of the intersection, Lutheran Cemetery on SR 746 (S Caledonia - Ashley Rd) north of Marion - Edison Rd, old houses & farms in the area

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was a crossroads town named after the abundance of beech trees in the area & had a steam saw mill, school, blacksmith shop, & 2 churches in the mid 1800's to early 1900's. 

Belvuron

Claridon Township

 40.582088 -83.040201    on SR 98 (Columbus - Sandusky Rd S) at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion - Mt. Gilead Rd), no known remnants

The town was platted in 1829 by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourne (1770 - 1850) from Connecticut who was a minister, surveyor, & served in the US Congress & state legislature. He also founded a few other towns in Ohio & was buried with relatives in St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery in Worthington, Franklin County. 

Bethlehem

Waldo & Pleasant Township

 40.483731 -83.131743  on Bethlehem Rd W at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran (Bethlehem) Church 1 mile north at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd & Newmans - Cardington Rd W, old houses & farms in the area

The original group of settlers arrived in 1832. It had 2 churches, a blacksmith shop, & a school in the late 1800's. 

Clyde Settlement

Tully Township

 40.689658 -82.938946  on Morral - Kirkpatrick Rd E at the intersection of Timpson Rd, no known remnants  

This first settlement in the township was named by Alanson Packard after the song "Banks Of The Clyde" referring to a river in Scotland which was routinely sung by Samuel Hazlet.

Gurley (Gurleys Station)

Big Island Township

1879 - 1901

 40.586169 -83.255751  on Espyville Rd N at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion - Agosta Rd), no known remnants 

It was founded by John Gurley (1813 - 1892) & Hannah (Monnett) Gurley (1817 - 1880) who were prominent citizens in the township, had a 160 acre farm, & one son. The town had a train station on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. There was also a school on the north side of SR 95. John & Hannah were buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.

Harvey

Grand Prairie Township

 40.652015 -83.119040  on SR 4 (Marion - Bucyrus Rd) at the intersection of Linn - Hipsher Rd, no known remnants  

The proprietor David Harvey (1821 - 1902) from Pennsylvania accumulated about 1200 acres in Grand Prairie Township, Marion Township, & Crawford County. He farmed grains, wool, & dealt livestock. David had 7 children with his first wife Calista (Everett) Harvey (1829 - 1861) & helped raise his second wife's children, Lucinda (Morris) Bell - Harvey (1830 - 1887) who was also widowed. On top of that, his brother William Harvey (1819 - 1861) passed away of typhoid less than a month after being elected Marion County Sheriff & David looked after his widow & their younger children. He was buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion. 

Holmesville (Parrtown)

Bowling Green Township

dates not listed

 40.542834 -83.359643  on SR 37 (Richwood - Larue Rd) at the intersection of Guthery Rd, no known remnants  

The town was founded by Thomas Parr (1814 - 1898) & Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr (1817 - 1899) who moved to Bowling Green Township from Licking County & had a few children. Holmesville had a tavern, wagon shop, blacksmith shop, a few stores, & a horse powered grist mill built by Thomas. It was abandoned as it couldn't compete with La Rue which drew away businesses & grew quicker. Thomas & Sarah moved to Illinois & were buried with relatives in West Serena Cemetery in Serena. 

Hoover

Scott Township

1892 - 1898

exact location unknown

It had a freight station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad.

Hords

Big Island Township

 40.592558 -83.192971  along the Marion Tallgrass Trail between Herr Rd & Marion - Williamsport Rd W, no known remnants 

This small farming town was founded by a branch of the Hord family in the county & was on the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad.

Kirbys

Grand Prairie Township

exact location unknown

 

Little Scioto

1842 - 1852

exact location unknown, was along the Little Scioto River

 

Logan

Marion & Claridon Township

 40.605059 -83.073522  on Pole Lane Rd at the railroad crossing & intersection of E Fairgrounds Rd, no known remnants   

Logan was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. 

Longville (Bryan Station)

Big Island Township

1873 - 1894

 40.585613 -83.217416  on SR 203 (Prospect - Upper Sandusky Rd S) at the railroad crossing & intersection of SR 95 (Marion - Agosta Rd), no known remnants  

The town was named after Peter Long, had a school, & was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Middle Spring

Salt Rock Township

1837 - 1838

exact location unknown 

It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide from 1837 - 1841.

Salem

Big Island Township

 40.607753 -83.279143   on Decliff - Big Island Rd at the intersection of Schmidt Rd, Salem Cemetery at the intersection 

This small farming town had a church & school.

 Slab Camp

Pleasant Township

 40.483828 -83.102200  on Bethlehem Rd W at the railroad crossing between Benzler Rd & SR 423 (Marion - Waldo Rd), Drake Cemetery on the east side of SR 423 next to Qu Qua Creek 

Newly arriving settlers  built temporary tents & cabins to reside in before purchasing lots in the area on the eastern edge of what would later be the town of Bethlehem. The land was owned by War Of 1812 veteran William Drake (1769 - 1850) & Rebecca Drake (1768 - 1855) who moved to Ohio from New York in 1808 & had 7 children. Their son Daniel Drake (1805 - 1881) inherited the property & kept the camp going. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in Drake Cemetery.  

Slicks (Slicks Station)

Marion Township

exact location unknown, was northwest of Logan 

The town was on the Erie Railroad & founded by Philip Slick who operated a tavern & inn for travelers.

Smiths Mills

Richland Township

 40.512865 -83.031435  on Cardington Rd along the Olentangy River between Whetstone River Rd S & East River Rd, Smith Cemetery on the north side of Whestone River Rd S between Mautz - Yeager Rd & Cardington Rd  

The patriarch & matriarch of the family were blackmith William Smith (1792 - 1835) & Elizabeth Smith (1792 - 1862) from Maryland who had a nice farm & a few children. Their son William Washington Smith (1821 - 1912) was the proprietor of the Smith & Co. mills. Titus King (1793 - 1868) & Margaret (Storm) King (1808 - 1861) from Vermont also owned saw mill & were the namesake of the present day Kings Mills Golf Club. Their son George King (1832 - 1883) expanded the saw mill with a grist mill. Some of the town's residents were buried in Smith Cemetery.

Stringtown

Tully Township

 40.674503 -82.948518  on Marseilles - Galion Rd E at the intersection of Lyons Rd, old houses & farms in the area, Bruchlacher (Brooklocker) Cemetery north of the gps coordinates at the intersection of Morral - Kirkpatrick Rd E & Lyons Rd

It had a school & church on Morral - Kirkpatrick Rd E east of the cemetery.

Stumptown

exact location unknown

There's a couple references to it in the 1883 History Of Marion County Ohio with no location or town info.

Wilson

1848 - 1856

exact location unknown

 

Winnemac

Bowling Green Township

 40.572366 -83.394164  on Winnemac Pike at the intersection of Larue - Mt Victory Rd, Bonner Cemetery north of the intersection & railroad tracks on the west side of Winnemac Pike, former one room schoolhouse west of the gps coordinates at the intersection of Larue - Mt Victory Rd & Clark Rd S  

The town had a church, the school, & a brickyard across from the cemetery. Land for the cemetery was donated by John Bonner (1811 - 1894) & Elizabeth (Young) Bonner (1801 - 1883) who were buried there with relatives.

Marion & Wyandot County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Marion County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1852 - Marion County Map

1878 - Marion County Atlas

1947 - Marion County Atlas

1883 - The History Of Marion County Ohio

1895 - Portrait And Biographical Record Of Marion And Hardin Counties Ohio

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