Pavement Ends
James Baughn

Drive on the oldest road in Missouri

Posted Monday, February 15, 2010, at 3:53 PM


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  • Great work, James. Love reading your blogs. I like to find obscure places and old roads. Love to hear one on Perryville Road or Farmington Road one day.

    -- Posted by proche on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 4:34 PM
  • Wonderful, James! How ever do you find these bits of history? I'm not familiar with the terrain to the north, but that IS beautiful country, and the mill ruins are absolutely haunting! I'm glad you've documented this trip with photos.

    I'm hoping we'll still see you at the Stoddard County Historical Meeting in Bloomfield next Monday! That date has slipped up on me, and I forgot to put it in the NSC --- but I'll get it on the Statesman website!

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 4:46 PM
  • Look at that BLUE tree!

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 4:50 PM
  • Hey James,

    There's some very interesting stuff here. Can I communicate with you offline about it? How can I send you a PM?

    -- Posted by Maynard on Sat, Mar 13, 2010, at 12:23 PM
  • A portion of the old trail runs through my farm, a few hundred feet of it is a old sunken road bed which is now my driveway. There are also some old stone and concrete culverts on another section of the road.

    -- Posted by Joe Dirte on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 3:44 PM
  • Hello, and thanks for a great article! Somewhere out in the woods near our home, along the original Nars Road, is a very, very old ancestoral cemetery called the Voelker Cemetery. My husband is a Voelker, and we live about 2 miles from the Burnt Mill on the original Voelker farm, at the corner of NN and PCR 822. We've never been able to find the cemetery, as the Nars Road no longer exists. We've been told the only way to find the cemetery nowadays is either by 4 wheeler or on foot, but nobody seems to know exactly how to get to it. The headstones are out there in the woods somewhere. Would love to find it someday! Thanks again for a great article.

    -- Posted by voelkerfarm2010 on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 2:28 PM
  • The Old Burnt Mill looks about the same in 2015 as it did when you were there in 2010. That thing was built to last.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Nov 30, 2015, at 12:22 AM