Battle of Athens ~ Businesses in Athens - Athens, MO
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N 40° 35.085 W 091° 41.794
15T E 610307 N 4493478
A look down Spring St. in 1895 and again today.
Waymark Code: WM7GX5
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/25/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Marker Erected by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks.
County of Marker: Clark County.
Location of Marker: MO-CC, in site shelter, Athens.
Marker Text:

Businesses in Athens, circa 1853 - 1860

The list of businesses reveals that the Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad Company had a station agent in Athens. On the eve of the Civil War, Athens was a steamboat port, grain, livestock and manufacturing center. Plans to connect Athens to the Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad at Croton were interrupted by the Civil War.

Five churches: a Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian and two Methodist were located in pre-Civil War Athens. Among other businesses and organizations in 19th Century Athens were: Doud's Paint and Carriage Shop, Allan Faxon's Wagon Factory, Hancock's Shoe Repair, Ruben Hanson's Blacksmith Shop, a Masonic Lodge, Express Office, a large brick two-story public school and an academy under charge of a Mr. Slaughter and Mr. Burah. Athens was also served by a stagecoach line that ran from Alexandra, through Athens, to Bloomfield, Iowa.

The population of Athens was reported as over 500 in the mid-1850s and by most accounts the town continued to thrive and grow up to the Civil War. Pro-South sentiments during the war brought hardship in the aftermath. When Athens missed the last opportunity in 1886 to secure a railroad, the town was doomed. By 1887, many of the houses and businesses were moved to a new town of Revere. By 1900, Athens only had about 50 residents.

By the 1850s the town had expanded and commercial buildings were being constructed on top of the bluff at Athens. A list of businesses and organizations (circa 1853-1860) reveals the extent of the town's growth.

Wm.B. Armstrong, general store
W. Armstrong, agent K. FT. D. and M. Railroad
Armstron beef and pork packer
Baker and Company, general store
J. and W.B. Barwett, coopers
David Bedell, carpenter and builder
J.S. Bedell, justice of the peace
John Bobbitt, carpenter and builder
Mr. Beucler (or Benchler), stoves and sheet iron ware
W. Burhage, painter
E.F. Colton, flour and grist mill
A.W. Calvert, cabinet maker and carpenter
E.F. Colton, woolen manufacturer
Wm. Deck, blacksmith
Isaac, grocer
Henry Fehlhaber, wagon maker
R.P. Gray, coal dealer
B. Gray, livery stable
Issac P. Gray, grocer
George Gray, general store
G. Gray, brick yard
George Gray, beef and pork packer
George Gray, postmaster
T.H. Hallan, physician and surgeon
T.H. and J.R. Hallan, druggists
P.F. Hamilton, cooper
J.M. Miller, general store
George Hiller, blacksmith
David Kennedy, general store
Miss Kelly, milliner and dress maker
J.T. McKnight, baker
David McKee, assessor
McGowen and Boler, blacksmith
J.T. McNiglet, tailor
Rev. D. Mason, Methodist Episcopal minister
J.D. Nash, boot and shoe dealer
G. Neuse, lumber yard
Henry Ostrander, blacksmith
James Perkins, justice of the peace
W. Perkins, justice of the peace
B. Robinson, ambrotype artist
G. Slaughter, constable
C.W. Stone, butcher
R. Jackson, proprietor, St. Louis Hotel
M. Scott, cabinet maker
John Stafford, general store
A. Starr, cooper
D.M. Scott, physician
R.P. Slaughter, school teacher
James Slaughter, meat market
Peter Turner, brick yard
Rev. Umpston, Presbyterian minister
Henry Wagner, boots and shoes
Rev. Samuel Wood, Christian minister

(Kahoka Gazette-Herald, June 20, 1930)
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