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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

I recently returned from a pleasant trip to the nearby town of Aldrich, MO, a little place on the eastern end of Stockton Lake. While not technically a "ghost town," I think it has a high enough percentage of abandonation to qualify. Here are a few sample pics - Enjoy!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

Master-Baiter??!?! LOL!!! You've got to be kidding me! No wonder anyone lives there any more!

Did you not go into any of these buildings?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

I bet they all died blind with hairy palms!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:36 am    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

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All productivity and sales stopped, causeing the town to go bankrupt and sell out to salsa farmers when their only horse died of boredom.



An exerpt from the daily plantation in 1873.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:17 am    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

I've seen several bait shops named Master Baits/Master Baiter, etc. I've never stopped in, but I always wanted to ask the owner if the name was intentional.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:17 am    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

Yep, that's right. The full title is "Home of the Master Baiter." It's kind of a joke, locally. I can't remember the place ever actually being open (or any other place in Aldrich for that matter, though the church seems recently abandoned). It was reopened temporarily a few years back as a used car dealership, but for whatever reason they chose to leave the sign as-is. Business never really took off believe it or not.

And no, I didn't get out and explore any of these places (you can tell they were all taken from inside my truck), but I've been in so many abandoned houses at this point it's really hard to get excited about another batch of them... especially with 73 Aldrichers lurking about.

(Correction: 75)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

where exactly was this place at?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:58 pm    Post subject: RE: Ghost Town of Aldrich Reply with quote

Polk County. It's just a funny little town on the extreme southern tip of Stockton Lake. There are people who live there (I actually went to school with all of them), but the majority of the population lives in a trailer park on the other side of the lake. There's also a waterfowl refuge, an abandoned bridge, and some other cool stuff in the neighborhood.

A nearby (paved) road actually dips in one side of the lake and emerges somewhere on the other side. Another road is underwater 9/10ths of the time, but is perfectly navigable when lake levels are down. This was all from before they built the dam in Stockton.

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