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 records, and exploring neighborhood web pages for you to discover why those groups bought their specific names, once they have been confirmed, and once 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 party or pageant; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide sign in 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 presents information regarding each one identify; if a name’s provenance is doubtful, he offers attainable reasons. 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 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 included in 1841, to its latest, Maharishi Vedic urban, included in 2001. The imaginations and reports of its electorate performed a task 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 offers an beautiful genealogical and old history to today’s map of Iowa. “It is among the beauties of Iowa that shuttle around the kingdom brings an individual into touch with such a lot of remarkable names, a few of which a vacationer may well comprehend instantly, yet others may well require a little bit research. just like the poet Stephen Vincent Ben?t, now we have fallen in love with American names. they're a part of our soul, be they relatives names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we won't reside with no them. This publication may 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 verified 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 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 total Prim; eco-friendly, taking into account 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 included on February 15, 1888.”
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163, 257, 438) Attica, Marion County. Attica was initially called Barkersville after James Barker, one of the sponsors of the town. The town was founded in 1847. The citizens wanted the name changed from Barkersville because they were upset by Barker’s attention to his neighbor’s wife. Since the town is located in Indiana Township, there appears to be an Indiana connection, and the town was possibly named after Attica, Indiana. Clearly the name is a transfer from another site. Attica is not incorporated.
Harlan is the county seat. (163, 514) Sioux County (1851) was named after the Dakotas, also known as the Sioux, an Indian tribe that inhabited the western prairies of Iowa. ” The tribe had lived in the region for many years. Orange City is the county seat. S. Supreme Court justice Joseph Story. Nevada is the county seat. (163, 533) Tt Tama County (1843) was named after an Indian, but exactly which person is in dispute. There are advocates for the Fox chief Tama, or Taimah. Others believe that the name comes 14 Ringgold / Counties from the name of the wife of Poweshiek, Taomah.
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.
A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide) by Tom Savage