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.


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