Shoal Creek Heritage Preservation, a local historical group, has published the second and final edition of Crossroads Communities & Villages of Newton County, Missouri. This two-volume set of books tells the history and stories of the small communities that were established throughout the county.

Shoal Creek Heritage Preservation, a local historical group, has published the second and final edition of Crossroads Communities & Villages of Newton County, Missouri. This two-volume set of books tells the history and stories of the small communities that were established throughout the county.
Part 2 showcases 34 communities in Newton County, many of which no longer exist, and many whose history is nearly forgotten. Alcora, for example, was a small community located near the intersection of Iris and Ibex Road. The author, Larry James, found very little information about the community, but included a paragraph of what is known about Alcora, hopefully to keep its name from being completely lost.
Some small communities had a longer and more active life than Alcora had. The small community of Dessa, located at the intersection of Highway Y and Quince Road, had several businesses during its lifetime, including a post office, a couple of general stores, a blacksmith shop, a school and a sawmill.
From his great file of photographs, which he has collected for more than 50 years, James illustrated the book with 70 images. Photos show general stores, early automobiles, bridges, mills, strawberry pickers, funerals, railroad stations, campgrounds, church houses and swimming holes.
The cover photograph on the book shows the wonderful old mill at Reding's Mill in northern Newton County.
Communities covered in the book are: Alcora, Almeida, Aroma, Art, Belfast, Berwick, Boulder City, Burch, Cartmell, Dessa, Elm Springs, Fredville, Grand Falls, Gregg, Hornet, Jolly, Jones Creek, June, McElhany, Monark Springs, Nobleton, Park, Pepsin, Quapaw, Racine, Shoalsburg, Sparlinvillle, Spring City, Spurgeon, Sweetwater, Talmage, Thurman, Wela Park and Wentworth.
The first book in the series included the communities of Christopher, Ergo, Fairview, Kent, Stark City, Stella, Waddill and Wanda.
The books are available for $15 and may be purchased at the bookstore in the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, both Mitchell's Drugstores, and at the Newton County Historical Museum.
Money earned from the sale of their books is used by Shoal Creek Heritage Preservation for the publication of other books, for marking historic sites and graves, and for recognizing historic preservation efforts made in Newton County.