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, examining newspaper data, and exploring neighborhood web content in order to discover why those groups got their specific names, after they have been validated, and after they have been included. Savage contains info at the place-names of all 1,188 included and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet not less than of the next skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail company; an annual social gathering or pageant; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide check in of ancient locations; a zip-coded submit workplace; or an organization with a public activity website. If a town’s identify has replaced through the years, he offers information regarding every one identify; if a name’s provenance is uncertain, he presents attainable causes. He additionally comprises information regarding the state’s identify and approximately every one of its ninety-nine counties in addition to an inventory 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 integrated in 1841, to its most recent, Maharishi Vedic urban, integrated in 2001. The imaginations and reviews 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 nation within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an attractive genealogical and historic heritage to today’s map of Iowa. “It is without doubt one of the beauties of Iowa that go back and forth around the kingdom brings anyone into touch with such a lot of fabulous names, a few of which a tourist might comprehend instantly, yet others may possibly require slightly research. just like the poet Stephen Vincent Ben?t, we now have fallen in love with American names. they're a part of our soul, be they relatives names, city names, or artifact names. We determine with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't dwell with no them. This ebook can help us research extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword by way of Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be tested 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 boys and their names: Pumphrey, the treasurer, drives the 1st nail; Roberts, the donor, is speedy on his path; Inman dips slyly his first letter in; McCormack provides M, which makes the whole Prim; eco-friendly, taking into consideration groceries, provides them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with no asking a expense; Albright, the joker, together with his jokes all at par; Rerick brings up the rear and crowns all ‘Primghar.’ Primghar used to be integrated on February 15, 1888.”
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Fairﬁeld is the county seat. (163, 326) Johnson County (1837) was named after Richard Mentor Johnson, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a prominent politician. Iowa City is the county seat. (163, 329) Jones County (1837) was named after George Wallace Jones, a surveyor and politician. The county seat is Anamosa. ” The county seat is Sigourney. (163, 338) Kossuth County (1851) was named after the Hungarian patriot Lajos Kossuth. It is the largest, in physical size, of all the counties in Iowa. The county seat is Algona.
163, 538) Uu Union County (1851) was named to reﬂect the interest of the citizens in the county in preserving the Union. The county was formed in the turbulent period before the Civil War. Creston is the county seat. (163, 549) Vv Van Buren County (1836) was named after Martin Van Buren, who was vice president of the United States when the county was established. Van Buren later served as the eighth president of the United States. Keosauqua is the county seat. (163, 556) Ww Wapello County (1843) was named after the Fox chief Wapello.
45, 163, 438) Agency, Wapello County. Initially known as Agency City, the town was established in 1843 at the site of an Indian agency. The Indian agency was in operation from 1838 until 1845, 20 Ackworth / Towns when the Indians were moved to Kansas. Agency was incorporated on January 6, 1859. (298, 438, 561) Ainsworth, Washington County. Ainsworth was founded in October 1858 by D. H. Ainsworth. The town was named for him. It was incorporated on June 18, 1892. (299, 438) Akron, Plymouth County.
A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide) by Tom Savage