WEBSTER / PALMER,
Washington County, Missouri
The town of Webster was laid out in 1830 about 15 miles southwest of Potosi. It was later purchased by the Palmer Lead Company & the name was changed to Palmer at around 1875. Palmer is the home of "The Palmer Ghost" who is said to be the ghost of a woman who died circa 1850. There was much Civil War activity in this area. There is also the grave of a Civil War soldier killed in 1864 on Hwy. Z. It is said that his ghost can sometimes be seen crossing the road at night by his grave - see picture below. In the early 1900's Palmer was also the home of Pearl Pollard who later authored the "Patience Worth" novels.
At left is the original historic Palmer Church. It was burned down by thieves/vandals in 1997. Picture of the original church provided by: Ray & Lynn Beers.
At left & above is the new Palmer Church rebuilt as exact
as possible to the original & on the same foundation.
Photographed: winter 2003 by: Barb Goodson
Old Palmer Store - picture provided by Ray & Lynn Beers.
Photographed: June 1967
Palmer Spring located across from Palmer Church. Photographed: 12 May 2001
Someone wrote on the inside wall of the spring,
"When you drink hear think God."
On left is a beautiful blooming bush draping over the creek near the spring/church.
Low-water bridge near Palmer Cemetery.
Photographed: 12 May 2001
This unknown Civil War soldier's grave is on Hwy.Z, 4/10 mile from Hwy. C Photographed: 13 Oct. 2000
It is said that sometimes at night one can see his ghost crossing the road by the grave.
Photographed: Feb. 2004 ~ Barb Goodson
This is the only tombstone left at the old Slave Cemetery at Palmer. Rose Wingo, 14 year old daughter of T & Jane Wingo. Died: March 16, 1872
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