We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio!
Beech – Claridon & Richland Township Location: 40.557837, -82.976851 on Marion – Edison Rd at the intersection of Salem Rd Remnants: Salem Evangelical Church & Salem Cemetery on Salem Rd north of the intersection, Lutheran Cemetery on SR 746 (S Caledonia – Ashley Rd) north of Marion – Edison Rd, old houses & farms in the area Description: It was a crossroads town named after the abundance of beech trees in the area & had a steam saw mill, school, blacksmith shop, & two churches in the mid 1800s to early 1900s.
Belvuron – Claridon Township Location: 40.582088, -83.040201 on SR 98 (Columbus – Sandusky Rd S) at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Mt. Gilead Rd) Remnants: none known Description: The town was platted in 1829 by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourne (1770 – 1850) from Connecticut. He was a minister, surveyor, & served in the US Congress & state legislature. James also founded a few other towns in Ohio & was buried with relatives in St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery in Worthington, Franklin County.
Bethlehem – Waldo & Pleasant Township Location: 40.483731, -83.131743 on Bethlehem Rd W at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd Remnants: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran (Bethlehem) Church 1 mile north at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd & Newmans – Cardington Rd W, old houses & farms in the area Description: The original group of settlers arrived in 1832. It had two churches, a blacksmith shop, & a school in the late 1800s.
Clyde Settlement – Tully Township Location:40.689658 -82.938946 on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E at the intersection of Timpson Rd Remnants: none known Description: This first settlement in the township was named by Alanson Packard after the song “Banks Of The Clyde” referring to a river in Scotland, which was routinely sung by Samuel Hazlet.
Gurley (Gurleys Station) – Big Island Township Post Office: 1879 – 1901 Location:40.586169, -83.255751 on Espyville Rd N at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd) Remnants: none known Description: It was founded by John Gurley (1813 – 1892) & Hannah (Monnett) Gurley (1817 – 1880) who were prominent citizens in the township, had a 160 acre farm, & one son. The town had a train station on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. There was also a school on the north side of SR 95. John & Hannah were buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.
Harvey – Grand Prairie Township Location: 40.652015, -83.119040 on SR 4 (Marion – Bucyrus Rd) at the intersection of Linn – Hipsher Rd Remnants: none known Description: The proprietor David Harvey (1821 – 1902) from Pennsylvania accumulated about 1200 acres in Grand Prairie Township, Marion Township, & Crawford County. He farmed grains, wool, & dealt livestock. David had 7 children with his first wife Calista (Everett) Harvey (1829 – 1861) & helped raise his second wife’s children, Lucinda (Morris) Bell Harvey (1830 – 1887), who was also widowed. On top of that, his brother William Harvey (1819 – 1861) passed away of typhoid less than a month after being elected Marion County Sheriff & David looked after his widow & their younger children. He was buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.
Holmesville (Parrtown) – Bowling Green Township Post Office: dates not listed Location: 40.542834, -83.359643 on SR 37 (Richwood – Larue Rd) at the intersection of Guthery Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by Thomas Parr (1814 – 1898) & Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr (1817 – 1899) who moved to Bowling Green Township from Licking County & had a few children. Holmesville had a tavern, wagon shop, blacksmith shop, a few stores, & a horse powered grist mill built by Thomas. It was abandoned as it couldn’t compete with La Rue, which drew away businesses & grew quicker. Thomas & Sarah moved to Illinois & were buried with relatives in West Serena Cemetery in Serena.
Hoover – Scott Township Post Office: 1892 – 1898 Location: unknown Description: It had a freight station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad.
Hords – Big Island Township Location: 40.592558, -83.192971 along the Marion Tallgrass Trail between Herr Rd & Marion – Williamsport Rd W Remnants: none known Description: This small farming town was founded by a branch of the Hord family in the county & was on the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad.
Kirbys – Grand Prairie Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Little Scioto Post Office: 1842 – 1852 Location: unknown, was along the Little Scioto River Description: none found
Logan – Marion & Claridon Township Location: 40.605059, -83.073522 on Pole Lane Rd at the railroad crossing & intersection of E Fairgrounds Rd Remnants: none known Description: Logan was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.
Longville (Bryan Station) – Big Island Township Post Office: 1873 – 1894 Location: 40.585613, -83.217416 on SR 203 (Prospect – Upper Sandusky Rd S) at the railroad crossing & intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd) Remnants: none known Description: The town was named after Peter Long, had a school, & was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.
Middle Spring – Salt Rock Township Post Office: 1837 – 1838 Location: unknown Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.
Salem – Big Island Township Location: 40.607753, -83.279143 on Decliff – Big Island Rd at the intersection of Schmidt Rd Remnants: Salem Cemetery at the intersection Description: This small farming town had a church & school.
Slab Camp – Pleasant Township Location:40.483828, -83.102200 on Bethlehem Rd W at the railroad crossing between Benzler Rd & SR 423 (Marion – Waldo Rd) Remnants: Drake Cemetery on the east side of SR 423 next to Qu Qua Creek Description: Newly arriving settlers built temporary tents & cabins to reside in before purchasing lots in the area on the eastern edge of what would later be the town of Bethlehem. The land was owned by War Of 1812 veteran William Drake (1769 – 1850) & Rebecca Drake (1768 – 1855). They moved to Ohio from New York in 1808 & had 7 children. Their son Daniel Drake (1805 – 1881) inherited the property & kept the camp going. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in Drake Cemetery.
Slicks (Slicks Station) – Marion Township Location: unknown, was northwest of Logan Description: The town was on the Erie Railroad & founded by Philip Slick who operated a tavern & inn for travelers.
Smiths Mills – Richland Township Location: 40.512865, -83.031435 on Cardington Rd along the Olentangy River between Whetstone River Rd S & East River Rd Remnants: Smith Cemetery on the north side of Whestone River Rd S between Mautz – Yeager Rd & Cardington Rd Description: The patriarch & matriarch of the family were blackmith William Smith (1792 – 1835) & Elizabeth Smith (1792 – 1862) from Maryland who had a nice farm & a few children. Their son William Washington Smith (1821 – 1912) was the proprietor of the Smith & Co. mills. Titus King (1793 – 1868) & Margaret (Storm) King (1808 – 1861) from Vermont also owned a saw mill in town & were the namesake of the present day Kings Mills Golf Club. Their son George King (1832 – 1883) expanded the saw mill with a grist mill. Some of the town’s residents were buried in Smith Cemetery.
Stringtown – Tully Township Location:40.674503, -82.948518 on Marseilles – Galion Rd E at the intersection of Lyons Rd Remnants: old houses & farms in the area, Bruchlacher (Brooklocker) Cemetery north of the gps coordinates at the intersection of Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E & Lyons Rd Description: It had a school & church on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E east of the cemetery.
Stumptown Location: unknown Description: There are a couple references to it in the 1883 History Of Marion County Ohio with no location or town info.
Wilson Post Office: 1848 – 1856 Location: unknown Description: none found
Winnemac – Bowling Green Township Location: 40.572366, -83.394164 on Winnemac Pike at the intersection of Larue – Mt Victory Rd Remnants: Bonner Cemetery north of the intersection & railroad tracks on the west side of Winnemac Pike, former one room schoolhouse west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Larue – Mt Victory Rd & Clark Rd S Description: The town had a church, the school, & a brickyard across from the cemetery. Land for the cemetery was donated by John Bonner (1811 – 1894) & Elizabeth (Young) Bonner (1801 – 1883) who were buried there with relatives.