Alexanders Bridge – Sunfish Township
Location: 39.037998, -83.171777
on Laurel Ridge Rd south of SR 32
Remnants: old houses and farm buildings in the area
The only reference to the town was found in the 1893 Acts of the State of Ohio. It was named after the Alexander family in the township and the mentioned bridge crossed Carters Run on a currently disbanded stretch of Alexander Rd. A newer bridge has since been built crossing the creek and leads to a private residence. The earliest know members of the family in the area were John Alexander (1781 – 1851) and Catherine (Connor) Alexander (1779 – 1841). They were married in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1806 and were buried with relatives in Rittenour Cemetery on W 2nd Street in Piketon.

Location: unknown
Description: Apex was listed in the 1922 Bullinger’s Postal and Shippers Guide for the United States and Canada.

Big Run – Jackson Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town had a school, Jackson Township Sub-district No. 9, listed in the 1883 History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio. Its teacher was an M.B. Smith.

Buckskin Hill
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Cars Run – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1905
Location: 39.095899, -82.866258
on Carrs Run Rd between SR 335 and Ervin Hill Rd
Remnants: Carrs Run Cemetery on the west side of Carrs Run Rd north of the GPS coordinates, Liberty Valley A.M.E. Church (Carrs Run Church) across from the cemetery, Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church on the east side of Carrs Run Rd north of the GPS coordinates
Description: Farming and timber harvesting were the main industries in this very small town with two churches. Although it isn’t a town anymore and the local population has dwindled over the passing decades, both churches are still in operation. Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church was constructed in 1882 and the Liberty Valley A.M.E. congregation formed in 1888.  

Location: unknown
Description: none found

Galford – Union Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1907
Location: 38.959008, -82.892000
on Germany Rd at the intersection of Kroger Rd along Rocky Fork
Remnants: Slavens Cemetery in the northeast lot of the intersection, Owl Creek Cemetery on Owl Creek Cemetery Rd north off of Owl Creek Rd
Description: The town was founded by War of 1812 veteran William James Galford (1785 – 1824) and Jane (Woodell) Galford (1791 – 1870). William’s father, John Thomas Galford (1757 – 1818), was a Revolutionary War veteran. William and Jane were born in Virginia, married there in 1808, and moved to Pike County in 1817. The Galfords were farmers and had several children. One of theirs sons, Henry Slavens Galford (1811 – 1894) married Martha (Anderson) Galford (1815 – 1892) in 1832. They inherited the family farm, which eventually expanded to 214 acres, and had 8 children. Aside from farming, Henry was also a justice of the peace and the town’s first postmaster. Henry’s paternal grandmother, Naomi, was a member of the Slaven family. She was buried with John and many other relatives in Slaven Family Burial Grounds in Highland County, Virginia. As with many ghost towns in Ohio founded by war veterans, descendants of both families moved to the state and settled close to each other. Everyone else mentioned in this listing was buried in Owl Creek Cemetery.  

Gibson – Union Township
1849 – 1880
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Gibson family in the county and was listed in some postal and shipping guides in the mid-1800s.

Hills – Pee Pee Township
Location: 39.179017, -83.042520
on Beatty Rd along Left Fork Crooked Creek between Mt Tabor Rd and County Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad.

Pee Pee – Pee Pee Township
Post Office: 1869 – 1883
Location: 39.132545, -83.014641
on Songbird Land (Township Rd 450) north off of SR 220
Remnants: none known
The town was founded in 1795 and named after Peter Patrick, the first settler in the area. He carved his initials into four trees that marked the future boundaries of the town before moving back to Virginia due to attacks from local Native Americans. Free black Americans later arrived at the location and named the town after Peter’s initials which still remained in the boundary markers. A church was built in 1824 followed by a school, town hall, and a few other public buildings. Runaway slaves were assisted by the citizens during the mid-1800s and Civil War. Pee Pee had a post office from 1869 – 1883 but lost most of its population by 1900 and was totally abandoned around 1950 for economic reasons. There are no known remnants left of the town and newer residences in the area.

Prosperity – Pee Pee Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was along Prosperity Rd.

Prussia – Pee Pee Township
Location: 39.166212, -83.000018
on Prussia Rd at the intersection of Pennington Rd
Remnants: Old German (Old Prussia) Cemetery on the east side of Prussia Rd north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded in the mid-1800s by immigrants from Prussia, a disbanded kingdom in Germany. They formed an Evangelical Lutheran congregation in 1845 and constructed a brick church at the cemetery in 1858.  

Robbins (Dove) – Beaver Township
Post Office: 1874 – 1934
Location: 39.038130, -82.878129
on Red Hollow Rd at the former railroad track crossing between Beaver Pike and Coal Dock Rd
Remnants: old houses and farm buildings in the area
Description: It was named after Thomas Robbins (1833 – 1883) and Margaret (Dickason) Robbins (1836 – 1922) whose land the Ohio Southern Railroad, later bought out by the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad, rolled through. The post office was called Dove. Thomas and Margaret were buried with relatives in Beaver Chapel Cemetery at the intersection of Red Hollow Rd and Coal Dock Rd.

Shyville – Scioto Township
Post Office: 1888 – 1935
Location: 39.033352, -82.994347
on Shyville Rd south off of SR 32
Remnants: none known
Shyville was foudned by Henry George Shy (1832 – 1910) and Clara Katharine (Knaper) Shy (1833 – 1912) when they bought a farm close to Shyville Rd in 1861 and had 12 children. They were both born in Germany and met in Germany in Jackson County about 5 miles east of their farm while Clara was visiting with some relatives. Henry was a farmer and a cabinet maker. Shyville was never a large town but had a general store, church, and a post office that ran from 1888 – 1935. The general store was operated by Herman Shy (1866 – 1945) and was lost in a fire. There wasn’t a lot left of Shyville when the U.S. Atomic Energy Program began construction of a plant there in the early 1950s and the town was abandoned by 1952. The atomic plant produced weapons grade uranium for the Cold War arms race and is currently on shutdown status. Henry and Clara Shy were buried with several of their family members in Mound Cemetery on Mound Cemetery Rd in Piketon.

Beavertown (Beaver) (Reynolds) (Reynoldstown) – (1840 – present farming and railroad town)

Classification: small town

Location: Beaver Township, Pike County – On Beaver Pike at the intersection of SR 335

Many of the county’s early records have been lost to time. To dispel some possible confusion for researchers in the future, the current town of Beaver was originally named Reynolds or Reynoldstown and was founded in 1840 by a man of that surname. It later changed to Beavertown, which was also the name of its train station on the Ohio Southern Railroad. The first station was built in 1899 and was destroyed in a train derailment in 1914. Another station was built to replace it and was on the Dayton, Toledo, & Ironton railroad which bought out the Ohio Southern Railroad. Most of the town’s residents were buried in Beaver Union Cemetery on the west side of town on the north side of Beaver Pike. Some other residents were laid to rest in Beaver Chapel Cemetery at the intersection of Red Hollow Rd and Coal Dock Rd about 3 1/2 miles west of town. Beaver also has a few old houses and former business buildings along Main St. There’s more information about its early days in the 1883 History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio.

1888 Pike County Map

Pike County, Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1910 – Pike County map

1915 – Pike County map

1884 – History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio