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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 data, and exploring neighborhood web content that allows you to discover why those groups acquired their specific names, once they have been confirmed, and once they have been included.     Savage comprises details at the place-names of all 1,188 integrated and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet a minimum of of the next skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail enterprise; an annual occasion or competition; a college; church, or cemetery; a construction at the nationwide sign up of ancient locations; a zip-coded publish place of work; or an organization with a public activity web site. If a town’s identify has replaced through the years, he offers information regarding each one identify; if a name’s provenance is uncertain, he presents attainable causes. He additionally contains 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 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 most up-to-date, Maharishi Vedic urban, included in 2001.     The imaginations and reports of its voters performed a job within the naming of Iowa’s groups, as did the hopes of the massive inflow of immigrants who settled the nation within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an attractive genealogical and historic history 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 somebody into touch with such a lot of exceptional names, a few of which a tourist could comprehend instantly, yet others might require just a little 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 relations names, city names, or artifact names. We determine with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't reside with no them. This booklet can assist us examine extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword through Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar was once validated 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 speedy on his path; Inman dips slyly his first letter in; McCormack provides M, which makes the entire Prim; eco-friendly, taking into account groceries, supplies them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with out asking a cost; 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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433, 438) Altoona, Polk County. Altoona was founded in 1868 and initially called Petersburg. The name of the town was changed to Altoona, reflecting the fact that it was the highest point on the Des Moines Valley Railroad. The root of the name Altoona / Towns 23 was the Latin term altus, which means high. For a time the railroad insisted on calling the station Yant after the landowner, but the post office established in 1868 was always known as Altoona. The community was incorporated on March 11, 1876.

Anderson was first called Shiloh, then the name was changed to honor Major Albert R. Anderson, a representative of Fremont County who sponsored the railroad. The town was founded in 1878 and the name changed in 1879. Anderson is not incorporated. (200) Andover, Clinton County. Andover was named by a railroad official for a town in Vermont. The town was established in Andover / Towns 25 September 1886. The town was incorporated on January 12, 1910. (92, 438, 528) Andrew, Jackson County. Andrew was, for a time, the county seat.

Hampton is the county seat. (163, 198) Fremont County (1847) was named after the soldier and explorer John C. Frémont. The county seat is Sidney. (163, 199) Gg Greene County (1851) was named after General Nathaniel Greene, who fought in the American War for Independence. The county seat is Jefferson. (163, 215) Grundy County (1851) was named after Senator Felix H. S. senator from Tennessee. Grundy Center is the county seat. (163, 219) Grundy / Counties 7 Guthrie County (1851) was named for Captain Edwin Guthrie, an Iowan who was a casualty in the war with Mexico.

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