Ghost Towns: Bells, Cosmopoli, Cromley, Dorney, Fairview, Gray, Griffith, Hagerty, Harrison, Hooven, McCuthensville, Miller, Montgomery, Nebraska, Picway, Rhoads, Sheldon, Spunkeytown, Squatown, Teegarden, Voorheis

Leistville (Zane’s Trace, Camp Charlotte) – (early 1800s – present farming town partially abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Saltcreek Township, Pickaway County – On SR 56 at the intersection of SR 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 is on SR 56 about a 1/2 mile north of SR 159. Andrew & Elisabeth Leist were buried in Zion Cemetery on County Hwy 40 (Winstead Rd) 9 miles north of Leistville with lots of relatives & other early families from the area.

Whisler (Prairie View) – (early 1800s – mid 1900s farming town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Saltcreek Township, Pickaway County – On Kingston Whisler Rd near the intersection of County Hwy 11

Henry Wissler (1760 – 1832) & Anna Wissler (1770 – 1811) settled in the town formerly known as Prairie 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 later changed to Whisler & the town started going by that too. It had a church from around 1840 – 1880 & a post office from 1883 – 1933. Since then, the mail has gone through Hallsville which is a few miles south. Henry & Anna Wissler are buried at Prairie View Cemetery on the north side of Kingston Whisler Rd. Most of their children ended up moving to other states.

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Pickaway County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1858 – Pickaway County Map

1871 – Pickaway County Atlas

1919 – Pickaway County Map

1844 – A Brief History Of Pickaway County Ohio

1880 – History Of Franklin And Pickaway Counties Ohio

1892 – Biographical Record Of Fayette Pickaway And Madison Counties Ohio

1906 – History Of Pickaway County Ohio