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Squires is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Missouri, United States. Squires is located about 9 miles (14 km) south of Ava on Route 5 at the intersection with Route JJ. The Squires fire tower is located one quarter mile to the southwest with an elevation of 1,517 feet (462 m). Wasola in Ozark County is about 5 miles (8.0 km) to the southeast.
In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.
Douglas County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,684. The county seat and only incorporated community is Ava. The county was officially organized on October 19, 1857, and is named after U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas (D-Illinois) and later Democratic presidential candidate.
Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.
The original Post Office application was filed by John Squire, an Englishman, who wanted to establish the Post Office of "Squire's, Missouri" to be housed in his general store. The Squires post office was established in 1889.Thus, Squires, Missouri became the name for a crossroads location where cattle were corralled nightly by Arkansas farmers who were taking their cattle to market in Springfield, Missouri.
Squires has not changed much in the past 20 years. However, in the late 19th century, Squires was a thriving community with all the prospects of becoming a nice sized town. Today, Squires is home to Spurlock's Store (a hundred-year old family business), Squires Post Office, Squires Volunteer Fire Department, Porter's Cafe, Porter's Garage, and the Douglas County Livestock Auction Barn. Nearby is a Fire Lookout Tower which is maintained and operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Route 181 is a highway in southern Missouri. Its northern terminus is at Business U.S. Route 60 in Cabool, Texas County. It passes through eastern Douglas County and reaches its southern terminus at U.S. Route 160 in Gainesville in Ozark County.
Isabella is a small, unincorporated community in Ozark County, Missouri. It is located about thirteen miles west of Gainesville and two miles east of Theodosia and Bull Shoals Lake along U.S. Highway 160. Although it is unincorporated, Isabella has a post office with the ZIP code 65676.
Wasola is an unincorporated community in northern Ozark County, Missouri. It is sixteen miles north of Gainesville on Route 5 at the northern intersection with Route 95. The Ozark–Douglas county line is about one–half mile north of the town. A few businesses and homes are located there.
Thornfield is an unincorporated community in Ozark County, Missouri. It is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Gainesville. It is located on Route 95 at the Little North Fork of the White River on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest between Wasola to the northeast and Longrun to the southwest. Hammond, the site of the historic Hammond Mill, lies on the Little North Fork 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southeast of Thornfield. Although it is unincorporated, Thornfield has a post office with ZIP code 65762.
Romance is an unincorporated community in Ozark County, Missouri, in the United States. It is located about nine miles north of Gainesville. Romance is located in a valley at the confluence of two smaller streams with Ludecker Creek. It lies on state route Y 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Missouri Route 5 and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Willhoit. The Romance fire tower sits atop a knob at 1,490 feet (450 m) about 2.5 miles east.
Longrun is an unincorporated community in western Ozark County, Missouri. It is located on Route 95 about 5.7 miles (9.2 km) northwest of Theodosia and 5.4 miles (8.7 km) southwest of Thornfield. Its post office closed and mail is now served by Theodosia.
Hammond is an unincorporated community in Ozark County, Missouri. It is located at the intersection of two county roads on the Little North Fork of the White River about twelve miles northwest of Gainesville and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southeast of Thornfield.
Brixey is a small unincorporated community in northern Ozark County, Missouri, USA. It is 1.6 miles (2.6 km) south of Route 95 on Route N or about 10 miles (16 km) north of Gainesville.
Brownbranch is an unincorporated community in northeastern Taney County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Beaver Creek at the intersection of Route 76 and Missouri Supplemental Route W about 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Forsyth. Bradleyville lies about 5.7 miles (9.2 km) to the west on Route 76 and McClurg lies about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east on Route W. The community is part of the Branson, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Vanzant is an unincorporated community in northeastern Douglas County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 95 at the intersection with state route W about one mile south of Route 76 and thirteen miles south of Mountain Grove. The community of Drury is about three miles south on Route 95. Vanzant post office was established in 1892 and was assigned a zip code of 65768. The community was named after an early settler.
Gentryville is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Missouri, United States. It is about twenty-one miles southeast of Ava and twenty-two miles south of Mountain Grove at the intersection of Route 14 and Route 95. It consists of a small general store, an automotive repair shop, and a few churches. Gentryville cemetery and church are located about one quarter mile north on Route 95.
Brushyknob is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Missouri, United States. The community is located on Route 76 about fourteen miles east of Ava. The old townsite is located along Route 76 on Tarbutton Creek about 1.5 miles east of Bryant Creek at an elevation of 920 feet. The Brushyknob church and cemetery is on a ridge flat about 3500 feet to the south-southeast and some 200 feet higher in elevation. The historic Brushyknob school is 850 feet south of the church.
Smallett is an unincorporated community in southern Douglas County, Missouri, United States. It is located about nine miles south of Ava and is located on Missouri Supplemental Route A. It previously had its own post office from 1888-1967 with ZIP code 65750, but mail is now served by the post office in Ava. Some say Smallett was named for its first postmaster, James Small, while others believe the name honors another early settler.
Courtois is an unincorporated community in southwestern Washington County, Missouri, United States. It is located about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Belgrade and 3.9 mi (6.3 km) northeast of Viburnum, Missouri in Iron County. Courtois is located on Missouri Route C and at the confluence of Indian Creek and Courtois Creek.
Arno is an unincorporated community in western Douglas County, Missouri, in the United States. Arno is located just east of the confluence of Beaver and Cowskin creeks about five miles west of Ava.
Rome is an unincorporated community in southern Douglas County, Missouri. It is located on Beaver Creek about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Ava on a county road one half mile off the end of Route A and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Smallett. Arno lies on Beaver Creek about 7 miles (11 km) north and Brownbranch in Taney County lies on Beaver Creek 4.6 miles (7.4 km) to the southwest.
Vera Cruz is an unincorporated community in central Douglas County, Missouri. It is on Bryant Creek about 9 miles (14 km) east of Ava at the end of Route AB.
Dogwood is an unincorporated community in northwestern Douglas County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Missouri Route 14 about 15.5 miles (24.9 km) northwest of Ava and 8.5 miles (13.7 km) southwest of Seymour. The old store building sits at the intersection of Route 14 with route BB and the Dogwood cemetery is 1,300 feet (400 m) to the west at the intersection of route 14 and route Z.
Rippee is an historic town in south central Douglas County, Missouri. The Rippee townsite was located on the northwest side of the Bryant Creek floodplain due east of the confluence of Rippee Creek which joins the Bryant from the west. The site is at an elevation of 784 ft (239 m) and about 1.25 mi (2.01 km) south of the Missouri Route 14 bridge over the Bryant. The location is currently within the Rippee State Wildlife Management Area overseen by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Sweden is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Missouri. Sweden lies in the south-central part of the county. The former Sweden store is located on Missouri Route 14 one half mile east of the intersection of Route 14 and State Route P. Sweden community church and cemetery lie one quarter mile north of the former store location on a county road.
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