Some small Missouri places that seem to be forgotten by modern society have interesting backstories if you dig deep enough. That's true of a small Missouri village that appears will be soon overtaken by a large lake, but it has another history to share, too.

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Have you ever driven past and/or heard of Boynton, Missouri? I had a listener named Marjorie reach out and share some interesting history of what now consists of just one lonely church near the road.

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The satellite view shows there's just one small church on the corner next to a dirt road.

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Marjorie mentioned some interesting history about what Boynton, Missouri used to be:

It was known locally as the town with a pump in the middle of the highway and in fact had a well in the center of the road. I’ve been told it was where the guys could be found washing their cars on Saturday afternoon. The small town was a thriving community. The only sign of civilization today is a small church which will eventually be moved for preservation because the area once was will be under water when the lake they are building is complete.

I believe the lake that Marjorie mentioned is the reservoir reported on by KTVO last year. According to their report, it will feature "2,300 acres and 82 miles of shoreline". I've reached out to Project General Manager Brad Scott for more details about this lake and when it will be complete.

I love sharing stories like this about Missouri places that have an interesting history no matter how small and making sure those memories are preserved even if they're one day eclipsed by lakes like tiny Boynton, Missouri appears to be destined for.

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