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Sampson, Missouri

Another Route 66 Ghost Town

Sampson is a Ghost Town on Route 66 with one attraction: Timber Hill Camp.

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About Sampson Missouri

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Elevation: 1,381 ft (421 m). Population n⁄ (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Sampson is ghost town in northern Webster County, in south central Missouri. At the junction of Mo. Highways CC and HH. (Map of Sampson).

View of the former Oak Vale Park

View of the former Timber Hill Camp
Street View of former Timber Hill Camp Sampson, Missouri, by
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History of Sampson

Read about the region's history in our Marshfield page.

The name: Sampson

Named after the Sampson family who opened the post office. Sampson (and similar surnames Sanson, Sinson, Sansom) were brought to England from France and derive from the biblical name "Samson" which comes from the Hebrew word "shemesh" or "sun".

The area was surveyed in 1870 by the South Pacific Railroad Co. but it had been settled earlier, in 1862 when land was granted in the area. At that time Charles Atteberry opened a general store. The railroad passed through the town shortly after. A lumber company (the Ozark Plateau Tie and Timber Co.) opened in 1909 and sent logs via a railroad spur into the town. There were dozens of canning factories in Webster County, and a large canning factory (the Case Canning Company) was in Sampson, processing tomatoes but due to safer labor requirements it closed by WW II. By then population was around 22 residents.

Route 66 was created in 1926, and passed just by the village, but Lebanon to the north and Marshfield to the south captured most of the traffic.

The post office was established here in 1907 but it closed during the Great Depression in 1935. The town gradually dwindled and now only a few residents live in the counrtyside around it.

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Weather in Sampson

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Route 66 and Sampson, MO
Location of Sampson on the Old Route 66 in Missouri

Sampson has clearly defined seasons. Its position on the northern limit of U.S.'s humid subtropical climate gives it very humid weather during late summer.

The July average temperatures (summer) temperatures are: (high) 89°F (31.6°C); (low) 68° (19.8°C). The aerage January (winter) high temperature is 43°F (6.1°C) while the average low is below freezing: 22°F (-5.3°C).

Annual rainfall averages 45.6 in. (1.160 mm), and Sampson receives about 17 in. of snow (43 cm) every year.

Tornado risk

Sampson is located in the "Tornado Alley" and Webster County has around 9 tornado strikes per year.

Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.

Getting to Sampson

You can reach Sampson along historic Route 66 and Interstate I-44 that links it with Springfield, Tulsa and Oklahoma City in the west and with Lebanon and St. Louis in the east. US 160, 60 and 65 run to the west, through Springfield.

Map of Route 66 in Sampson

in Missouri.

Pale Blue: The 1926 to 1953 and later alignments of Route 66
The alignments after 1953 became part of what is now I-44.

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Alignment of Route 66 in Missouri: Historic U.S. 66 through Sampson

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Route 66 across Missouri

U.S. Route 66 is a State Historic Scenic Byway in Missouri: it is still pending Federal designation as a Byway.

Click on the following link for an overview of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.

Below you will find detailed information on Old Route 66 in Sampson

Sights and Attractions in Sampson, Missouri

What to Do, Places to See

Vanished village

Sampson and its Route 66 attractions

Sampson is a ghost town located on the 1926 to 1953 Route 66 alignment; see old Timber Hill Camp.

Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Red Top

In 1946, Jack DeVere Rittenhouse published his "A Guide Book to Highway 66" in which he mentions Sampson during Route 66's heyday: "Pop 22; gas; few cabins)" followed two miles west by "gas station and cafe".

It figured in the 1926 map of "Route 60", at the northern tip of the paving that ran from Strafford through Marshfield. From there it was gravel all the way to Bourbon. Then it dropped from the roadmaps.

Tour the route 66 landmarks in Sampson

There is nothing to see at the junction of Route 66 (Hwy. CC and Hwy HH), just to the east is the railroad. So head 1 mile south, towards Niangua, and to your right on the western side of the highway is Timber Hill Camp an old tourist camp:

Timber Hill Camp

7213 Route 66, Sampson. Map with directions.

Also known as Indian Camp, now a private home, the old office and residence was a wood frame building with a gabled roof built in Craftsman style around 1930.

It was one of the many tourist camps along Route 66. By 1938 it had three cottages, common toilets and showers. There was even an area for trailers with electricity. It was run by Florence Baldwin from 1940s to 1957 and aftrer that by Orville Ikerd.

See its picture above at the top of the page.

Tours & Itineraries

Old Route 66 in Sampson

Missouri State Highway 14 was built through the area in the 1910s and in 1926 it became Route 66's alignment.

Old Route 66: 1926-1953 Alignment in Sampson

The original alignment is shown in the Map above in Pale Blue, and was a winding course between Strafford and Lebanon, through the present ghost town.

After 1953

In 1952 the Missouri Highway Department started work to improve Route 66 to make it safer and shorter. It built a completely new road to the west of the original one that was upgraded into a four lane highway with overpasses, after 1958 it coexisted with I-44 until it was finally decertified around 1979.

Detail of a 1957 Missouri DOT Map.

Detail of a 1957 Missouri DOT Map
Detail of a 1957 Missouri DOT Map near Sampson, Missouri, by

The map above shows Route 66 between Lebanon and Springfield in 1957. I-44 had not yet been built and US 66 was a divided highway that almost reached Strafford. The older alignment of Route 66 had been redsignated as MO-CC between Conway and Marshfield, passing by Sampson (not shown on the map but located at the intersection of HH and CC highways), just north of Niangua and south of Conway.

> > See this segment Lebanon to Springfield (east)

> > See the next segment Springfield to Halltown (west)


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Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.

Maura Johnson and John F. Bradbury, Route 66 Association of Missouri. 1993, Architectural ⁄ Historical Inventory Survey. Route 66 in Missouri

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License

Map Icons by Nicolas Mollet under its CC BY SA 3.0 License