Halltown, Missouri

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Halltown is a village in Lawrence County, Missouri, United States. The population was 189 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Halltown is located at 37°11′37″N 93°37′45″W / 37.19361°N 93.62917°W / 37.19361; -93.62917 (37.193735, -93.629059).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Halltown has been in existence since about 1833, when original founder I.V. Morris and the first settlers came to the area from Lawrence County, Tennessee. In the early 1850s, Mr. Ingram moved in and operated the first store built in the area until 1868. It was built on Billy's Creek, and later came to be known as I.J. West farm. The first Halltown business was built by George Hall in 1876. This was later known as a drug store. George Hall lent his name to Halltown.

A post office was established with James H. Wann being appointed postmaster at Halltown on May 2, 1879. The telephone switchboard was installed in 1907 and M.D. Redfern and his wife were the operators. There were 200 telephones. The bank of Halltown was organized in 1912.

In her writing of "Our Town, Halltown as I knew it," Matilda Winfrey gave the following report: "In 1925 our town boasts three churches, three general stores, one drug store, one bank, one feed mill, one telephone exchange, one canning factory, one blacksmith shop, two garages, one lumber yard, two barber shops, nine filling stations, three private homes in which one can procure rooms and comfortable beds at reasonable prices, two cafes, and Harvey's Chili Hut."

With the completion of Route 66, Halltown received much business from the tourists who were passing through. The new highway passed right through Halltown, and the town became known as the "Antique Capitol of the World" while the highway was in its prime.

The Halltown Cemetery or Rock Prairie Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in northeastern Lawrence County. It began before 1840 and was used by both Union and Confederate soldiers to bury their dead. The log building school was built near Rock Prairie. There were 50 to 95 students attending the one-room school. Later, in 1896, a new two-story building was built on the same site as the first. In 1920, a high school was built by the district. On Sunday, April 25, 1942, the Halltown School building was destroyed in a fire. The building housed the grade school, the high school, and the gymnasium. With the reorganization of the school districts in Miller and the surrounding areas, Halltown became Miller R-2 East.

The early church was at Chalybeate Springs, later known as Paris Springs. Many large meetings were held at the church, which was later moved to the West Place. From there it was moved to Lawrenceburg. The Baptist church was built in 1892, the Christian church was built about 1905, and the Nazarene church about 1909. The community was known for its many fine churches.

The history of the Turnback Mill begins in 1848 when William Likens, Sr. came to Turnback Creek and built a water mill at the point where the two branches of the stream flow together. The large dam was constructed of native rocks and was built by Wash Smith's slaves. These slaves also built the mill race and made the first water wheel by hand. This mill soon became too small to serve the community, and in 1857 William Likens built the big two-story mill, which still stands today. An overshot wheel replaced the paddle wheel and was itself replaced later by the turbine. The first miller was assisted by his son, William Likens, Jr., and for many years the place was known as the Likens Mill.

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