Abandoned Missouri: See The (Almost) Ghost Town Of Moselle
I've got another round of Missouri history for you! This kind of thing really interests me, maybe because I'm just nosy. And while I enjoy seeing videos and pictures of abandoned places, I'm too much of a wussy to go because I don't want to trespass. Luckily for me, there's this thing called the internet that does it for me!
This time, I found a video of a ghost town. Well, not ENTIRELY a ghost town, but the residents are in very, very small numbers (think less than ten), and it doesn't look like there are any businesses that are operating there. It looks like it was small to begin with, but incredibly interesting! The town of Moselle was founded in 1849. There were big deposits of iron ore in the area, which, along with homesteaders in the area, helped make Moselle come to life. The citizens of the area were having to travel by horse and buggy some six to ten miles to get to church on bad back roads. So, a church was formed in the 1880's called St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church in Moselle.
The church is what kept Moselle going for years. One big blow to Moselle was the closing of their Iron Furnace Stack in the late 1800's. It's registered on the list of Historical Places now. So over time, residents trickled out, which closed down businesses. Some farmers stayed, but over the decades no new population was coming in. Then in 1982, a bridge that connected the town to the church was washed out, and that was a big blow to any kind of growth to Moselle.
Have a look at this video of Moselle and see for yourself! If you feel like taking a day trip, Moselle is about 60 miles south of St. Louis on I-44, about ten minutes off the interstate.
If you want to find out more and see more photos, you can always go here or here. There's a much longer video tour here. And I'm sure you can always find more information on the Googles.