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, analyzing newspaper data, and exploring neighborhood web pages that allows you to discover why those groups acquired their specific names, once they have been verified, and once they have been integrated. Savage contains info at the place-names of all 1,188 integrated and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet no less than of the next skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail company; an annual social gathering or competition; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide check in of old areas; a zip-coded submit workplace; or an organization with a public activity 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 doubtful, he offers attainable reasons. He additionally comprises 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 stories 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 offers an attractive genealogical and ancient historical past to today’s map of Iowa. “It is among the beauties of Iowa that commute around the nation brings somebody into touch with such a lot of remarkable names, a few of which a tourist might comprehend instantly, yet others may possibly require 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 kinfolk names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't reside with no them. This booklet can help us examine extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword via Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar was once confirmed by means 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 brief 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 total Prim; eco-friendly, deliberating groceries, offers them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with out asking a rate; 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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Extra resources for A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide)
The county seat is Storm Lake. (63, 163) Butler County (1851) was named after General William O. Butler, who fought in the Mexican War and was a prominent politician of the era. Allison is the county seat. (68, 163) Cc Calhoun County (1851) was ﬁrst named Fox, for the Fox Indians who had lived in the region. The county was renamed by the legislature in 1853. It was named after John C. Calhoun, a prominent politician who served as vice presi4 Benton / Counties dent of the United States. The county seat is Rockwell City.
163, 370) Lyon County (1851) was ﬁrst called Buncombe County. The name was later changed to honor General Nathaniel Lyon, a casualty in the Civil War. The county seat is Rock Rapids. S. president, James Madison. The county seat is Winterset. (163, 374) Mahaska County (1843) was named after Mahaska, a chief of the Iowa tribe. ” Oskaloosa is the county seat. (163, 378) Marion County (1845) was reportedly named after Revolutionary War general Francis Marion. There is another story that the county was named for one of the original settlers in the area.
Albion was also a character in William Blake’s poetry. The ﬁrst cabin was built at the location in 1853. The town was incorporated in 1870. (163, 285, 528) Alburnett, Linn County. Albert Burnett established the town in the late 1870s. It was ﬁrst called Burnett in his honor. Since there was confusion in deliveries between Bennett and Alburnett / Towns 21 Burnett, the town was renamed to include part of Burnett’s ﬁrst name. The post ofﬁce at the site was established as Trentham in May 1888. The post ofﬁce’s name was changed to Alburnett in May 1892.