Amsterdam – German Township
Location: 40.422321 -84.378130   

on Amsterdam Rd at the intersection of S Washington St (SR 66) along the Miami & Erie Canal
Remnants: none known
Description: Amsterdam was platted in 1837 by German immigrants with 65 lots & was abandoned after the Cholera epidemic in 1849. Over 100 residents perished from the disease & were buried in a mass grave across from Saint Paul’s Church in New Bremen on N Herman St. A public park was built over the graveyard in 1948 & the remaining headstones were laid flat & buried.

Bay – Moulton Township
Location: 40.557052 -84.277834   
on Bay Rd between Plant Pike (County Rd 33A) & Clear Creek
Remnants: Zion (Lutheran) Cemetery on private property east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town proprietor was a W.E. Bay who owned the section of land on the west side of the road in the late 1800s to early 1900s

Bingville – Union Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Botkins Station – Pusheta Township, Auglaize County & Dinsmore Township, Shelby County
Location: 40.482336 -84.183987   
on SR 219 along the Auglaize & Shelby County border
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a train station on the Dayton & Michigan Railroad. Residences & businesses were in both Auglaize & Shelby County. It was named after Richard Botkin (1803 – 1858) who donated the land for the station & founded Botkins in Shelby County.

Layton – Union Township
Post Office: 1895 – 1904
Location: unknown
Description: This small town is listed in the 1901 Cram Atlas & was in the northwestern portion of the township. It was named after the Layton family in the area.

Mohramsville – German Township
Location: 40.443328 -84.375089   
on Lock 2 North Rd near the intersection of Klee Ave
Description: The town was founded in 1838 German immigrant H.H. Mohram. The area was annexed into New Bremen in 1876.

Ober Bremen – German Township
Location: 40.432178 -84.379501   
on S Washington St on the east side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: Ober Bremen was founded by German immigrants Gerhard Ellerman (1811 – 1888) & Anna (Uphaus) Ellerman (1814 – 1891). It was platted in 1853 & annexed into New Bremen in 1876. Gerhard & Anna were buried with relatives in German Protestant Cemetery on New Bremen – New Knoxville Rd (County Rd 65A).

Petersburg – Pusheta Township
Location: 40.497000 -84.162952   
on Santa Fe – New Knoxville Rd between Cemetery Rd & Rupert Rd
Remnants: historical markers on the roadside, Petersburg Cemetery past the markers in a field
Description: Petersburg was the site of the first Roman Catholic congregation in the township & had a church & school. John Rupert, who founded the town, platted 40 acres in 1852 but the lots never sold.

Post Office: 1886 – 1888
Location: unknown, was northwest of Waynesfield
Description: none found

Pusheta Town – Moulton Township
Location: 40.568104 -84.229671   
between Fox Ranch Rd & the Auglaize River
Remnants: none known
Description: Some residents were buried in Greenlawn Cemetery on SR 67.

Rinehart (Rineharts) – Union Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1872
Location: 40.600503 -84.032290   
on SR 67 at the intersection of Wrestle Creek Rd
Remnants: Rinehart House at the intersection, Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery on the south side of SR 67 about 3/10 of a mile east of the intersection
Description: The town was founded by Hugh Rinehart (1813 – 1891) & Juliana (Godfrey) Rinehart (1812 – 1881) who moved to Ohio from Virginia & were pioneers of the township. Hugh was a farmer & blacksmith. The town also had a school. The Rinehart house was built in 1861 & added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1978. Hugh & Juliana were buried with some of their children in Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery.

Location: unknown
Description: none found

Vogelsangtown – German Township
Location: 40.432292 -84.385177   
on S Herman St on the southwest side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1856 by German immigrants Friedrich Voglesang (1831 – 1897) & Sophia (Kuenning) Voglesang (1836 – 1909) who had 13 children. Freidrich was a farmer, flour mill owner, & businessman. The town was annexed into New Bremen in 1876 & Freidrich had a seat in the village council. The Voglesangs were buried with relatives in German Protestant Cemetery on New Bremen – New Knoxville Rd (County Rd 65A).

Egypt, OH – (mid 1800s – present farming town with no growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Jackson Township, Auglaize County – On Minster Egypt Pike close to the intersection of SR 364

Egypt was named by German immigrants in the mid 1800s after a settler described the swampy area back then as being “made by a dab of mud that fell from the wheelbarrow of God.” In 1852 the residents got tired of traveling nearly 4 miles to Minster, OH through the muddy mess to get to church, so they petitioned to get one in Egypt.

St. Josephs Catholic Church was built & still stands today on Minster Egypt Pike. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Jackson Township School #2 was constructed in 1918, down the road from the church & is used as a community hall today. Egypt was never a large town & didn’t have a railroad or a post office. Today there’s one business and about a dozen houses left.

Glynwood, OH (Six Mile) – (1876 – present farming & railroad town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Moulton Township, Auglaize County – On Glynwood – New Knoxville Rd at the intersection of Glynwood Rd

Six Mile was established in the mid 1800s. Its church congregation formed St. Thomas Parish & built a church & cemetery in 1857. When oil & natural gas were discovered in the area, the town quickly drew more residents. It was renamed after John Glynn (1827 – 1903) & Bridget Glynn (1829 – 1896), who were Irish immigrants & the first to settle there in 1857. Glynwood had a train station on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad & a post office from 1877 – 1903.

A new brick church was built in 1883 to accommodate the growing population. It was dedicated as St. Patrick’s Church, the patron saint of Ireland, but the cemetery kept it’s old name St. Thomas. In 1905 Glynwood was still a bustling community with a factory, saw mill, blacksmith, shoe shop, & a saloon. The town has been losing residents since the train station closed though & today there’s only a dozen or so houses in the community. In 1979 St. Patrick’s Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. John & Bridget Glynn were buried in St. Thomas Cemetery with some of their relatives.


Auglaize County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1860 – Auglaize County Map

1880 – Auglaize County Atlas

1898 – Auglaize County Atlas

1917 – Auglaize County Atlas

1880 – History Of Auglaize County Ohio

1905 – History Of Western Ohio And Auglaize County