Leistville (Zane's Trace, Camp Charlotte) - (early 1800's - present farming town abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Saltcreek Township, Pickaway County - On Rt. 56 at the intersection of Rt. 159

In 1807 Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Leist (1755 - 1821) & Elisabeth (Landman) Leist (1757 - 1824) settled in the area known as Zane's Trace near the site of Camp Charlotte. They had 13 children & their son Jacob (1788 - 1870) became the first minister in Saltcreek township. Jacob also practiced medicine in Leistville & some of his instruments are currently in the Ohio State Museum in Columbus. Leistville had a post office from 1846 - 1902.

There isn't much left from the old town, which has newer residences in the area, except for roads named after early settlers & a bronze marker dedicated in 1928 to Camp Charlotte on Rt. 56 about half mile north of Rt. 159. Andrew & Elisabeth Leist are buried in Zion Cemetery on County Highway 40 (Winstead Rd.) about 9 miles north of Leistville with lots of relatives & other early families from the area.

Whisler (Prarie View) - (early 1800's - mid 1900's farming town currently considered to be part of Kingston)

Classification: small town

Location: Saltcreek Township, Pickaway County - On Kingston Whisler Rd. near the intersection of County Highway 11

Henry Wissler (1760 - 1832) & Anna Wissler (1770 - 1811) settled in the community then known as Prarie View in 1806. They had 11 children each of whom were willed 150 acres of land. One of them donated land for a school that was called the Whistler School. The family name however, changed to Whisler which was also how the towns name was spelled. It had a church from around 1840 - 1880 & a post office from 1883 - 1933 when the mail started going through the faster growing town of Hallsville a few miles south. Henry & Anna Wissler are buried at Prarie View Cemetery. Most of their children ended up moving to other states.

Pickaway & Ross County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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