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Elston was laid out in 1867, and named after A. M. Elston, a state politician. A post office called Elston Station was established in 1858, the name was changed to Elston in 1877, and the post office closed in 1972.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Elston, Missouri
- "Cole County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
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