Mercer County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Boetia

Center Township

1850 - 1865

41.233412 -82.532216e  exact  location unknown

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was listed as a postal town in the Ohio State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1860-61.

Brehm

Liberty Township

1890 - 1897

 40.622501 -84.746880   on Wabash Rd along Black Creek between Shaadt Rd & Oregon Rd, St. Pauls Church & Cemetery at the gps coordinates, St. Pauls United Church of Christ Cemetery at the intersection of Wabash Rd & Oregon Rd 

The town was founded by John Brehm (1828 - 1907) & Margaretha (Bollenbacher) Brehm (1833 - 1897) who had 3 children. John also had 8 other children from a previous marriage. They were buried with relatives in St. Pauls United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Byrds Station (Birds Station)

Union Township

 40.688293 -84.456149  on Mercer Van Wert County Line Rd between Shelley Rd & Deep Cut Rd, no known remnants

Joseph Bird donated land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railway. Ironically the Parrott family was one of the biggest in the area. Some residents were buried in Hussey Cemetery on the south side of Deep Cut Rd across from the end of Elgin Rd. 

Coil Town (Coiltown)

Union Township

 40.695167 -84.484807   on Coil Rd between Shelley Rd & Deep Cut Rd, no known remnants

It was platted in 1823 by Andrew Coil (1770 - 1845) who hoped the town would be the future county seat. The town didn't sell many lots or last long but Andrew had 12 children, six with Elizabeth (Foster) Coil (d. 1850) & six with Frances (Conrad) Coil (1768 - 1824) who did well around Mendon. Andrew moved out of the county before passing away. 

Deep Cut

Union Township

dates unknown

on Deep Cut Rd, exact location unknown

It's listed as a postal town in the 1854 A New And Complete Gazetteer Of The United States.

Earley (Oregon Station)

Hopewell Township

1881 - 1912

 40.611405 -84.590160   on Oregon Rd at the intersection with Weitz Rd along Twelvemile Creek, Union Cemetery on the north side of Oregon Rd west of the gps coordinates, Roberts Cemetery on the north side of Oregon Rd east of the gps coordinates

Oregon Station sat on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railway. It's general store & post office called Earley was on the east side of Weitz Rd near Oregon Rd. Samuel Brookhart (1829 - 1916) & Mary Ann (Sinift) Brookhart (1830 - 1894) donated land for the train station & were buried in Roberts Cemetery.

Grove Crossing

Union Township

exact location unknown, between Mendon & Byrds Station

It sat on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railway & has only been spotted on a railroad map from 1898.

Guilford (Mendon)

Union Township

1839 - date

 40.673377 -84.518645   on SR 707 at the intersection of E Market St

Guilford is listed as a ghost town in several places online but it's just the original name of Mendon when it was platted in 1834. It was changed by 1839 when the post office was established.

1Marcellus1

1858 - 1861

exact location unknown

 

Reservoir (Reservoir Station)

Jefferson Township

1856 - 1884

 40.553333 -84.494066   on Riley Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 29 & SR 703, no known remnants

This town sat on the Lake Shore & Western Railroad. It's proprietor was Calvin Riley (1830 - 1914) who owned . He was buried with relatives in North Grove Cemetery on US 127 (N Main St) in Celina.

South Celina

Jefferson Township

exact location unknown, was on the west side of Grand Lake

 

Steinman (Steineman Station)

Marion Township

 40.365562 -84.493754   on SR 716 at the intersection with Indian Trail Rd, no known remnants

It was founded by the Steinman family in the area which has a few surname variations. The town had a steam saw mill & a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railway.

Striptown

Liberty & Hopewell Township

 40.589213 -84.689404   on Township Line Rd at the intersection with Sleucher Rd along Prairie Creek, old houses in the area 

 

Brehm, OH (1890 - mid 1900's farming & livestock town abandoned over time due to a lack of economic opportunities)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Liberty Township, Mercer County - On Wabash Rd. south of the intersection with Shaadt Rd.

German immigrant John Brehm (1828 - 1907) arrived in the U.S. sometime around 1848 with a fine education & a few years of being a skilled baker. He originally settled in Montgomery County, turned into a self taught farmer, & had 8 children with his first wife Mary Lower. John remarried after Mary passed away & had 3 more children with Margaretha Johanna Bollenbacher Brehm (1833 - 1897).  In 1872 John & Margaretha moved their family to a recently purchased 100 acre farm in Mercer County where many other German immigrants were already living.

Like many other communities mostly consisting of large farms during the time period, Brehm wasn't platted out or incorporated but it had a post office from 1890 - 1897 that was probably either run by John or one of his children & a one room school sat at the corner of Wabash Rd. & Shaadt Rd. The Brehms also donated land & funds for St. Paul's Lutheran Evangelical Church & were actively involved in local schools & politics. It was the largest family in the area with some of John's siblings & cousins raising families there too. 

Despite never being completely abandoned, the town name only lasted 50 years or so. Brehm was great for farming & living a religious life but didn't have the businesses or a hotel to bring in travelers & couldn't attract a canal or railroad as a result. John & Margaretha Brehm were buried in St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery at the intersection of Wabash Rd. & Oregon Rd. with many other family members. More Brehms can also be found in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery on Wabash Rd. between Oregon Rd. & Shaadt Rd. We suspect the building in the lot of the Lutheran Cemetery might be the old one room schoolhouse & was moved from Shaadt Rd. at some point.   

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