Paulding County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

 Town Name   Township &   Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Arena

Paulding Township

1892 - 1902

 

 41.135339 -84.631426   on SR 111 at the intersection of Rd 87 north of Big Run, Cooper Haines Cemetery on SR 500 at the intersection of Rd 93, St Paul's Church & Cemetery at the intersection of Township Hwy 114 & Rd 87

38.9856244 -83.5796411  This small farming town had a school & church. Civil War veteran John Cooper (1838 - 1888) & Catherine (Reidel) Cooper (1842 - 1923) were of German descent & met & married in Marion County before moving to Paulding in 1873. They had a nice farm, a few children, & donated the land for the cemetery on SR 500 where they were buried with relatives. 

Craneville (Cranesville)

Crane Township

1829 - 1865

 41.211523 -84.685467   on Rd 192 (C-192) between Town Hwy 63 & the Maumee River, Horatio Nelson home & trading post at the gps coordinates 

The town was founded by General Horatio Curtis (1802 - 1874). He named the town after Oliver Crane who was another early settler & also had the township named after him. Horatio built a trading post in 1825, was the first county clerk & recorder, a surveyor, Freemason, & justice of the peace. A wood addition to the brick house & trading post that was built in 1826 & has since been demolished was reportedly haunted by former residents. Horatio also platted Antwerp in 1841 & was buried there with relatives in Riverside Cemetery on Island St.

Carryall

Caryall Township

1863 - 1874

exact location unknown

 

Doylestown

Washington Township

1851 - 1851

 41.032267 -84.368985  on T-199 (Township Hwy T-199) south off of Rd 48 along the former Miami & Erie Canal path on private property

It was named after canal boat captain Samuel Doyle Sr. who ran mail from Cincinnati to Toledo & was a pickup point for timber. 

Ettiesburg (Etties-Burg)

Brown Township

 41.092474 -84.361258   on Rd 209  (T-209) at the intersection of SR 613, Prairie Chapel & Cemetery north of the intersection at the corner of Rd 209 & Rd 104 (T-104)

The town was platted in 1860 by Samuel Shisler (1793 - 1870) & Mary (Bollinger) Shisler (1794 - 1874) & named after their daughter Arettie. It couldn't keep up with Oakwood which had a train station on the Nickel Plate Road & although Ettiesburg was never completely abandoned, it lost it's status as a town. The Shislers were buried with relatives in Prairie Chapel Cemetery. 

   Flat Rock    (Flat Rock City)

Harrison Township

 41.088737 -84.702196  on SR 613 between Town Hwy 51 & Rd 94 (C-94), no known remnants 

It was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Thomas Wentworth & Rachel (Townsend) Wentworth who were both born in Maine in 1791 & moved to Ohio in the late 1830's. They were the first settlers in the township, had a large family, & Thomas was a county commissioner, judge, & justice of the peace.

Follmer (Folmer)

Blue Creek Township

1882 - 1896

 41.033785 -84.582704   on Rd 48 (T-48) between US 127 & McDonald Park along the former railroad track bed, no known remnants

The town was founded by Andrew Follmer. It had a school & was on the Cincinnati Northern Railroad.

Gilberts Mills

Latty Township

1871 - 1889

 40.997271 -84.476339  on SR 637 at the intersection of Rd 18 (T-18), Middle Creek Cemetery on the north side of Rd 24 (C-24) between Rd 151 & Middle Creek

It's proprietor Philander Gilbert (1813 - 1887) was born in New York & moved to Ohio in the mid 1860's. He reconstructed a saw & grist mill that was purchased in Franklin County & was a justice of the peace & postmaster. Philander had several children with 3 wives & was buried with relatives in Middle Creek Cemetery.

Giauque (Goodwin) 

Brown & Jackson Township

1903 - 1904

 41.092164 -84.457345  on SR 613 at the intersection of Rd 151 (County Hwy 151), no known remnants 

Giauque was originally called Goodwin & had a train station on the Nickel Plate Road. It was renamed by Civil War veteran & lawyer Florien Giauque (1847 - 1921) & Mary (Miller) Giauque (1858 - 1913) who owned the land in the early 1900's. They later moved out of the county & were buried in Spring Grove Cemetery on Spring Grove Ave in Cincinnati.

Hamer

Washington Township

1857 - 1893

 41.003535 -84.346101  on T-203 (Rd 203) at the intersection of Rd L, no known remnants 

The town was platted in 1848 along the Miami & Erie Canal & named after Mexican War veteran & congressman General Thomas Hamer (1800 - 1846).

Holcombe (Holcombeville) (Morrison)

Paulding Township

 41.149868 -84.602766  on Rd 144 (W Gasser Rd) at the intersection of Rd 103 (C-103), no known remnants 

It was on the Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw Railroad. The propritor & mayor A.B. Holcombe owned a lumber company & barrel hoop shop. Henry Howe traveled through Holcombe in 1886 & noted it's existence in his updated version of Historical Collections Of Ohio.  

Link

Caryall Township

1890 - 1902

 41.237272 -84.795238  on Co Hwy 230 at the intersection of Rd 7 (T-7) no known remnants  

Link was a small farming & postal town with a school in the late 1800's to early 1900's.

    Murat      (Hipp's Lock) (Timberville)

Washington Township

1852 - 1864 & 1868 -1895

 

 41.042140 -84.380763  on Rd 197 (T-197) along the former Miami & Erie Canal path between Co Rd 60 & Rd 48, Carlton (Burbage) Cemetery on T-42 (Township Hwy T-42) south of the gps coordinates between Rd 193 (T-193) & the Little Auglaize River 

It was originally called Murat & named after French military leader & politician Joachim Murat. In the 1860's John Hipp (1836 - 1907) & Amelia (Burbage) Hipp (1847 - 1916) built a general store & mill near lock 31 on the canal. The town was called Timberville in the late 1800's & served as a shipping point for local lumber companies. John & Amelia were buried with relatives in Carlton (Burbage) Cemetery.  

New Harrison

Carryall Township

1837 - 1841

 41.165906 -84.800652  on Rd 250 (C-250) between Old US 24 (County Rd 424) & the Maumee River, no known remnants 

This early settlement along the Indiana border had hopes of getting a canal but the Wabash & Erie bypassed it & the town disappeared.

Newburg  (Royal Oak)

Brown Township

1864 - 1882

exact location unknown, was along the Miami Extension Canal on the north side of Melrose

It was platted in 1851 by David Shriver & Leonard Kimmel. A guy with the last name Darling put up a sign on an oak tree for his grocery store & post office which read "Royal Oak Grocery". 

Nindeville

Harrison Township

 41.135884 -84.784787  on SR 111 at the intersection of Rd 11 (C-11) along South Creek, no known remnants 

In 1902 pike bonds were sold at $1,000 each to raise $45,000 for the Nindeville Pike. The road was constructed but the town never grew at all.

Plumbs Cross Roads  (Plumb's X Road)

Washington Township

1878 - 1892

 41.008746 -84.399614  on T-32 (Rd 32) at the intersection of C-187 (Rd 187), Fought Cemetery at the end of T-265 between Rd 193 & Dog Creek

The town was founded by Caleb Plumb (1808 - 1890) & Eliza Plumb (1811 - 1871) & named after their grocery store sign that was simply marked with a large x. It also had a school & 2 churches. Caleb & Eliza were buried with relatives in Fought Cemetery. 

Renollet

Emerald Township

 41.245605 -84.496059  on Town Hwy 139 (Rd 139) where it meets T-236 (Rd 236) at the railroad tracks on the south side of US 24, no known remnants 

The proprietors were a branch of the Renollet family & descendants of German immigrants Paul Renollet Sr. (1801 - 1875) & Mary (Odon) Renollet (b. 1805). It had store, grain elevator, & a train station on the Wabash Railway. Many of the family members were buried in Renollet Cemetery on private property between T-135 & Town Hwy 139 along Six Mile Creek. 

Smiley

Harrison Township

1883 - 1902

 41.077669 -84.794259  on SR 613 at the intersection of T-5 (Rd 5), no known remnants 

The town was founded by Josiah Smiley (1848 - 1934) from Pennsylvania & Martha (Bushong) Smiley (1854 - 1922) who had a large farm & a few children. The town had a train station on the Nickel Plate Road. Josiah & Martha were buried with relatives in Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana.

Sophia

Blue Creek Township

1893 - 1895

 41.018809 -84.707329  on SR 114 at the intersection of Co Rd 49, no known remnants  

 

St. Andrews

Brown Township

 41.104022 -84.427149  on Town Hwy 108 at the intersection of T-181 (Rd 181), no known remnants 

It was platted in 1850 along the Miami Extension Canal by Scottish immigrants & brothers James Mather (b. 1801) & Alexander Mather (1806 - 1876). St. Andrews couldn't compete with faster growing towns & was abandoned in 1881. The Mather brothers moved to Missouri with relatives.

Sunnyside

Paulding Township

1881 - 1882

 41.149915 -84.631590  on Rd 87 at the intersection of Gasser Rd (Rd 144), no known remnants 

Sunnyside was a small farming town with a school.

Tate's Landing (Reids)   (Sharp's Lock)

Emerald Township

1857 - 1903

 41.194200 -84.553456  on SR 111 at the intersection of Rd 115, no known remnants 

It was on the Wabash & Erie Canal & named after canal worker Lyle Tate (1820 - 1890) who bought up some land around one of the locks. Captain Robert Reid (1827 - 1875) established the post office & the town had a grocery store & several taverns. The bulkhead of Six Mile Reservoir & 3 locks were destroyed by dynamite in 1887 by a group of 200 local men (mostly farmers) known as the "Dynamiters" who were tired of continuous floods from the reservoir overflowing after the canal shut down & a bill they proposed to fix the problem failed to pass in the state legislature. They also burned down the former lockmaster's house at Tate's landing. By the time law enforcement arrived, the damage was already done & the Dynamiters were long gone. The events were called the Reservoir War & the Dynamiters final task was blowing up the town's last saloon in 1900. None of them were ever captured or had their identities revealed. Lyle Tate was buried with relatives in Live Oak Cemetery on Emerald Rd in Paulding.

Worstville

Paulding Township

1882 - 1904

 41.082764 -84.669739   on Co Rd 71 at the railroad crossing between SR 613 & Town Hwy, old houses & town roads in the area

The proprietors were Mexican War veteran John Worst (1847 - 1920) & Sarah (Long) Worst (1849 - 1920). They spent most of their lives in Sandusky County where John was a teacher, county clerk, & lawyer, & purchased land for a stave (barrel) mill in Paulding County. The town quickly grew with a train station on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. It also had a general store, church, & school. Worstville stretched north across the railroad on the east side of Co Rd 71 & most of what's left of the town sits south of the tracks. John & Sarah were buried with relatives in Oakwood Cemetery in Freemont, Sandusky County.

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