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, interpreting newspaper records, and exploring neighborhood web content with a purpose to discover why those groups acquired their specific names, after they have been tested, 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 enterprise; an annual party or pageant; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide check in of old areas; a zip-coded publish workplace; 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 causes. He additionally contains information regarding the state’s identify and approximately each 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 integrated in 1841, to its latest, Maharishi Vedic urban, included 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 massive inflow of immigrants who settled the country within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an beautiful genealogical and old history to today’s map of Iowa. “It is among the beauties of Iowa that commute around the nation brings an individual into touch with such a lot of outstanding names, a few of which a traveller may possibly comprehend instantly, yet others might require a bit 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 kinfolk names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we won't stay with no them. This booklet may also help us study extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword via Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be validated through 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 brief 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 complete Prim; eco-friendly, taking into consideration groceries, provides them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with out asking a rate; 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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163, 190) Alta, Buena Vista County. The Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad Town Land and Lot Company founded Alta in 1872. There are two possible reasons for the naming of the town. One is that it was named after the daughter of John Blair, Altai. The other is that it was named for its altitude, since the town is located on the crest of the divide between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Alta was incorporated on October 11, 1878. (163, 302, 318, 438) Alta Vista, Chickasaw County. The town was initially named Elk Creek.
The town was established as the county seat in 1841, and named in honor of Andrew Jackson. Andrew was incorporated on August 4, 1863. (21, 438) Anita, Cass County. Anita was originally established in 1869 at the direction of Lewis Beason, who owned the property. He sold the property to Frank Whitney, B. F. Allen, and John P. Cook, who then registered the town site on November 10, 1870. In the summer of 1869 a number of railroad ofﬁcials were eating dinner at Lewis Beason’s home when the subject of the new station and its probable name was discussed.
Webster City is the county seat. (163, 227) Hancock County (1851) was named after the American patriot John Hancock. The county seat is Garner. (163, 231) Hardin County (1851) was named after Colonel John J. Hardin, a soldier from Illinois who fought in the Black Hawk War and was a casualty in the Mexican War. Eldora is the county seat. (163, 232) Harrison County (1851) was named after William Henry Harrison, the noted politician who served as the ninth president of the United States. The county seat is Logan.