By Tom Savage
Lourdes and Churchtown, Woden and Clio, Emerson and Sigourney, Tripoli and Waterloo, Prairie urban and Prairieburg, Tama and Swedesburg, What Cheer and Coin. Iowa’s place-names mirror the religions, myths, cultures, households, heroes, whimsies, and misspellings of the Hawkeye State’s population. Tom Savage spent 4 years corresponding with librarians, urban and county officers, and native historians, studying newspaper information, and exploring neighborhood web content so as to discover why those groups obtained their specific names, once they have been verified, and after they have been included. Savage comprises info at the place-names of all 1,188 included and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet not less than of the subsequent skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail enterprise; an annual get together or competition; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a construction at the nationwide sign up of ancient areas; a zip-coded put up place of work; or an organization with a public activity web site. If a town’s identify has replaced through the years, he presents information regarding each one identify; if a name’s provenance is doubtful, he presents attainable reasons. He additionally comprises information regarding the state’s identify and approximately every one of its ninety-nine counties in addition to a listing of ghost cities. The entries diversity from the counties of Adair to Wright and from the cities of Abingdon to Zwingle; from Iowa’s oldest city, Dubuque, beginning as a mining camp within the 1780s and included in 1841, to its most up-to-date, Maharishi Vedic urban, integrated in 2001. The imaginations and stories of its voters performed a job within the naming of Iowa’s groups, as did the hopes of the large inflow of immigrants who settled the nation within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an attractive genealogical and old historical past to today’s map of Iowa. “It is without doubt one of the beauties of Iowa that shuttle around the nation brings someone into touch with such a lot of extraordinary names, a few of which a vacationer may perhaps comprehend instantly, yet others may well require a bit research. just like the poet Stephen Vincent Ben?t, now we have fallen in love with American names. they're a part of our soul, be they relatives names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't stay with no them. This publication may also help us research extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword through Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be confirmed via W. C. eco-friendly and James Roberts on November eight, 1872. The identify of the city comes from the initials of the 8 males who have been instrumental in constructing it. a quick poem memorializes the lads and their names: Pumphrey, the treasurer, drives the 1st nail; Roberts, the donor, is quickly on his path; Inman dips slyly his first letter in; McCormack provides M, which makes the whole Prim; eco-friendly, contemplating groceries, supplies them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with no asking a price; Albright, the joker, together with his jokes all at par; Rerick brings up the rear and crowns all ‘Primghar.’ Primghar was once integrated on February 15, 1888.”
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The town was established in 1864 when Mrs. C. O. Duff deeded property over to John Blair. The Blair Town Lot and Land Company established the town that year. Ames was named in honor of Oakes Ames of Massachusetts, who had invested in the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad. He had also donated a bell to the ﬁrst church built in the town. Ames was incorporated on December 20, 1869. (91, 163, 438) 24 Alvord / Towns Anamosa, county seat, Jones County. On June 28, 1840, Colonel Thomas Cox laid out a town called Dartmouth at the present site of Anamosa.
Albert City was incorporated on December 9, 1900. (163, 438, 455) Albia, county seat, Monroe County. Albia was surveyed by John Massey, as Princeton, in 1845. Dr. Anson Flint changed the name to Albia in honor of his prior home in New York. The town was incorporated as Albia in 1856. (244, 528) Albion, Marshall County. Albion was founded in 1852, though it was not formally established until 1856. The town was initially called LaFayette, but the name was changed in 1858. ” Albion was also a character in William Blake’s poetry.
The intent is to indicate when the location was initially set up as a place where a community was intended to form. If the information about the registering of the plat is available and different than the initial platting of the town, the term “formally established” is used to indicate the date that an appropriate governmental agency recorded the site as a town. In any event, the dates cited are the earliest times that I could determine that a community was planned at the locations listed. Whether or not the community is incorporated (established as an independent entity with the rights to collect taxes and establish rules or laws and govern itself) or unincorporated (simply a collection of homes within a larger governmental structure, typically a county, and dependent on the county for civil assistance) is also listed.