See a Lonely 1797 Missouri Ghost Town with Mill & Covered Bridge
It was first discovered in 1797 and was soon filled with a large mill and a covered bridge for wagons. Now, this Missouri ghost town is only a shadow of its former self, but the rich history remains in this lonely place.
Are you familiar with Burfordville, Missouri in southeast Missouri? Probably not I'm guessing as not many are. It used to be called Bollinger's Mill because of...well the historic mill there. Wikipedia says that it was settled by a Swiss/German immigrant named George Frederick Bollinger, hence the name.
The word is that the area was controlled by the Spanish back in the late 1700's when George Frederick Bollinger came across it. He and a handful of other immigrants from Germany and other parts of Europe decided to make their home there.
There's not much left in what is now called Burfordville, Missouri. Last census claims there are 87 residents there, but that sounds optimistic. A travel YouTuber recently visited the area and you can almost smell the over 200 years of Missouri history.
Burfordville had a post office open back in 1869. Wonder how many horses were involved in that delivery?
As it remains today, both the mill and the quaint covered bridge are on the National Register of Historic Places. They're both worth the time to visit if you're ever in the Cape Girardeau area. It's a very small part of Missouri history that sadly many have forgotten or have never been taught. That's a shame because this place was how Missouri had its beginnings more than two centuries ago.