5 Ghost Towns For A Social Distancing Road Trip
I love looking at those pictures on the internet of people touring abandoned buildings or towns or amusement parks. You can even look at pictures people have taken who have toured the abandoned remains of Chernobyl. There's something so fascinating about looking at the remains of what used to be, and trying to fill in the story to see what used to happen there. I don't want to encourage anyone to break and enter or anything like that, so I thought we could point out a few Missouri ghost towns instead. Who knows, maybe a nice little day trip would be helpful. And since everybody's cooped up, you can go with your little family and get out of the house safely. I mean, come on, what's more socially distant than an abandoned town! Here are a few you can take a road trip to this year!
1. Far West.
The remains of Far West are about five miles outside of Kingston, which is about an hour and a half drive from here. In 1838 population was 4,000, once the Caldwell county seat, and was a Mormon settlement. Far West became the headquarters of the Latter-day Saint movement in early 1838 when Joseph Smith moved to the town from the previous church headquarters, Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith taught the Latter-day Saints that the Garden of Eden had been in Jackson County and when Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden, they moved to the area which is now Caldwell and Daviess Counties, Missouri. While headquartered in Far West, the official name of the church was changed from Church of Jesus Christ to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had constant problems with the Governor of Missouri and it led to a big conflict called the "Mormon Rebellion". They ended up surrendering and were forced to leave the state, effectively killing the town of Far West.
2. Main City.
Main City came to be in 1879, and it was named after William Main. This city was the Main family settlement in the late 1800's. It sets just at the Kansas and Missouri state line, directly across from Kincaid Kansas, which is about two and a half hours from here. There's one building here, and I suspect it's probably the Main house.
3. Pink Hill.
This town was burned to the ground during the Civil War. It was named because of a hill covered with pink flowers surrounding the town. The post office there stuck around until 1902. It's located north and east of Blue Springs, Missouri on Old Pink Hill road.
All that remains are several foundations in a farmer's field. EERIE.
Jordon is located in Hickory County. All that is visible is a small church that says Jordon on it with a cemetery out back, and about two other buildings. The building is Little Jordon Church, and two buildings, with a few foundations. I've heard rumors there's an abandoned silver mine there, that's possibly Haunted.
5. Haun's Mill.
Haun's Mill was a mill established on the banks of Shoal Creek in Fairview Township, Caldwell County, Missouri in 1835–1836 by Jacob Hawn. This is another casualty of the Mormon Wars (which I didn't even know was a thing, until a few years ago, shame on me). Apparently the local militia showed up the Haun's Mill to virtually exterminate the Mormons. The women and children hid in the woods, and the men assembled at the blacksmith's shop. Even though the Mormons called for a truce, the militia shot them up for about an hour, killing 17 Mormons. About 250 of the militia were wounded, but not seriously. Several other bodies were mutilated, while many women were assaulted. Houses were robbed, wagons, tents, and clothing were stolen, and horses and livestock were driven off, leaving the surviving women and children with nothing. There's a historical site there now.
Hopefully you can go and see some of these sites, and get some history!