Prospect (New Prospect) is a rural community in northern Marion County five miles north of Jefferson on U.S. Highway 59. New Prospect school had twenty-nine White pupils and one teacher in 1899. In 1938 Prospect school was a two-room schoolhouse which accommodated seventy-two elementary students and two teachers. In 1967 Prospect had a district school, a church, a cemetery, scattered dwellings, and two business establishments, and in 1983 it had a church, a district school, a cemetery, and three businesses.
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