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 replicate 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, analyzing newspaper data, and exploring neighborhood web content as a way to discover why those groups obtained their specific names, once they have been verified, and after they have been included. Savage contains details at the place-names of all 1,188 integrated and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet at the least of the next skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail company; an annual social gathering or pageant; a college; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide sign in of historical locations; a zip-coded submit place of work; or an organization with a public game web site. If a town’s identify has replaced through the years, he presents information regarding every one identify; if a name’s provenance is uncertain, he offers attainable motives. He additionally contains 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 variety 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 recent, Maharishi Vedic urban, included in 2001. The imaginations and studies of its voters performed a task within the naming of Iowa’s groups, as did the hopes of the large inflow of immigrants who settled the country within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an beautiful genealogical and ancient history to today’s map of Iowa. “It is without doubt one of the beauties of Iowa that shuttle around the kingdom brings an individual into touch with such a lot of marvelous names, a few of which a vacationer may perhaps comprehend instantly, yet others could require just a little research. just like the poet Stephen Vincent Ben?t, we've got fallen in love with American names. they're a part of our soul, be they kin names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we won't stay with out them. This publication might help us research extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword via Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be proven by way of W. C. eco-friendly and James Roberts on November eight, 1872. The identify of town comes from the initials of the 8 males who have been instrumental in constructing it. a quick poem memorializes the boys and their names: Pumphrey, the treasurer, drives the 1st nail; Roberts, the donor, is fast on his path; Inman dips slyly his first letter in; McCormack provides M, which makes the entire Prim; eco-friendly, contemplating groceries, supplies them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with out asking a price; Albright, the joker, along 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 community was incorporated on March 11, 1876. (18, 163, 438) Alvord, Lyon County. Alvord was established by Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Park as Park on April 18, 1890. There was some concern that the name was similar enough to other towns’ names in the area that deliveries might get confused. Mr. Park solved the problem by suggesting that the town be renamed Alvord for his brother-in-law. The community was incorporated on September 26, 1892. (163, 438, 464) Amana, Iowa County. The community was founded in 1855.
44, 163, 498) Beaman, Grundy County. ” The town was established by H. H. Beaman on October 18, 1875. He named the town for himself. Beaman was incorporated on April 26, 1884. (55, 438, 528) Beaver, Boone County. Beaver was founded on June 30, 1879, and named for the nearby Beaver Creek. Beaver was incorporated on October 5, 1912. (210, 438) Bedford, county seat, Taylor County. The town site was selected by a board of commissioners appointed to locate a county seat for Taylor County in March 1853.
The name of the town was probably changed when the post ofﬁce at the site was opened as the Ackworth Post Ofﬁce in 1871. Ackworth was incorporated on May 9, 1881. (315, 318, 423, 438) Adair, Adair and Guthrie counties. Adair was established on August 20, 1872. The town was named for John Adair, a general in the War of 1812 who later became the governor of Kentucky. The town was incorporated on February 23, 1884. (163, 271, 438) Adel, county seat, Dallas County. The present site of Adel was selected as the county seat and the survey for the town was completed on May 22, 1847.