Belmore, OH - (1862 - present farming, mill, & railroad town with less residents than in the past)
Classification: small town
Location: Van Buren Township, Putnam County - On Main St. off of State Rt. 65
Belmore was platted in 1862 by Wesley G. Montgomery (1813 - 1892) & his wife Julia (Plummer) Montgomery (1825 - 1859) with a power of attorney from Julia's parents Benjamin & Mary Ann Plummer who owned the land at the time. It was initially called Montgomeryville but the name changed in 1868 to coincide with the local post office that was named Belmore. The town had 17 plots to start out with but began to expand with a station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad in 1869.
In the 1870's Belmore had a mill, hotel, a couple of grocery stores, & several other small stores & businesses. The population peaked in the 1880's with around 450 residents. Although Belmore was a railroad town, it didn't get any big businesses in the 1900's to make the population boom. A school was built in 1904 & unfortunately was destroyed in a fire in 1958. The railroad station eventually closed as did the post office in 1964.
These days, Belmore has a newer railroad line running through it's center but no station. A CSX train passed by when we were there in July 2014. The old town hall built in 1908 sits abandoned on Main St. near an empty church. There's also several other old abandoned businesses on Main St. & the old cemeteries are on Rd. Y, one on the east side & another on the west side of town. It's a cool place to swing by right off of State Rt. 65 with a close-knit community of about 140 residents.