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The town of Ellsinore, in eastern Carter County, Missouri, was founded in 1888, although it was originally granted by Robert Patterson in 1857, two years before the county was organized. After changing hands a few times, the Houck Railroad received a right of way, and the town was laid out in 1888, the same year that a railroad depot was established there. It is believed that the town was named for Elsinore Castle in Denmark, but the postal service added an extra ā€œlā€ to the name when a post office was started in early 1889. Melvin Eugene Carnahan, the 51st governor of Missouri, grew up on a farm near Ellsinore. The town is located just north of US Highway 60, in the Mark Twain National Forest, northeast of Hunter and northwest of Brush Arbor.



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