This One Creepy Ghost Town In Missouri Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

Although Avilla has a population of 100 or so residents, it is considered one of the “living ghost towns of Historic Route 66.” This rural village in Jasper County was founded in 1856, and is the fourth oldest settlement in the county. It has a rich history and a bit of a dark past, and some say the darkness still haunts the once thriving town.

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US Route 66 was re-designated Missouri Route 96 in 1985 but by then Avilla was already the small, quiet rural community that it continues to be today. Have you seen the Shadow Folk of Avilla?  Have anything to add to the story?  Please share in the comments below.