was once a small town supported primarily by the United
Portland Cement Company. Little is left of the town beyond a
few old ruins of the cement plant and an old cemetery. Once a thriving
community, now the town can only be discerned from overgrown avenues
of trees, broken sidewalks and foundations hidden by grass and heavy
1920’s the concrete factory was a thriving business but with the
advent of the Great Depression, it shut its doors and the small town
died with the plant.
plant lies about ½ miles to the west of what remains of the old town
and can only be reached by hiking through the underbrush. While
trees and weeds try to choke out where the town's cement plant once
stood, the walls, ovens and giant smokestack of the factory are still
cemetery lies about
mile north of
the factory site, with graves dating back to the late 1860s.
The old site of
the cement plant is said to be haunted by the ghost of one of the
workers by the name of Bohr, who died in a tragic accident at the plant. As the story goes, Bohr fell into a vat of concrete and
his body was never recovered. After this disastrous event, his
co-workers embedded his wheelbarrow, pick and shovel into a wall of
concrete that was under construction at the time. His name, as
well as his pick axe can still be seen at the factory ruins.
With the aid of
a sturdy vehicle, visitors can make their way down the rutty, dirt
paths. LeHunt is located northwest of Independence, immediately
east of Elk Reservoir in Montgomery County,
The old town lies on a bend in the hard-surfaced road and
where a few houses exist. The concrete factory is about ½ mile to
the west of what remains of LeHunt.
Independence take US-75/US-160 west .2 miles and turn right on Peter Pan
Road traveling north for two miles. The road will change to county
road 3525 and you will continue for one mile. then take a left on
5000 road for ½ mile.
Update: According to a reader, the
old cement plant is beyond a fence and can no longer be reached.
of America, updated May, 2010.