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, examining newspaper information, and exploring neighborhood web content so that it will discover why those groups got their specific names, after they have been confirmed, and once they have been integrated. Savage comprises details at the place-names of all 1,188 included 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 college; church, or cemetery; a construction at the nationwide sign up of old locations; a zip-coded put up workplace; 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 doubtful, he offers 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 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 attractive genealogical and historic heritage to today’s map of Iowa. “It is among the beauties of Iowa that go back and forth around the country brings anyone into touch with such a lot of superb names, a few of which a visitor could comprehend instantly, yet others may perhaps require a little 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 relations names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we won't dwell with no them. This e-book can assist us examine extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword by means of Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be validated by way 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 quick poem memorializes the boys 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, contemplating groceries, provides 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 used to be included on February 15, 1888.”
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Ayrshire started as a railway depot in November 1882. The town was possibly named after Ayrshire, Scotland. Ayrshire was incorporated on September 20, 1895. (163, 398, 438) Bb Badger, Webster County. Badger had its start when W. S. Fleming established a store and residence there in 1882. The town was named for the creek that runs nearby. The creek drew its name from a badger that soldiers had shot on its banks in frontier times. Badger was incorporated on December 28, 1899. (152, 438, 475) Bagley, Guthrie County.
39, 163) Black Hawk County (1847) was named after the Sac chief Black Hawk, most remembered for his participation in the Black Hawk War. Waterloo is the county seat. (48, 163) Boone County (1846) was named after Captain Nathaniel Boone, who explored the region. Captain Boone was the son of the famous Daniel Boone. The county seat is Boone. (50, 163) Bremer County (1851) was named after the Swedish writer Frederika Bremer. Waverly is the county seat. (4, 163) Buchanan County (1839) was named after James Buchanan, a noted politician.
It could have been named in honor of a young woman who lived in Dubuque, Louisa Massey. Massey shot a man who had killed one of her brothers. The other story is that the county was named after Louisa County in Virginia. The county seat is Wapello. (163, 367) Lucas County (1846) was named after the ﬁrst territorial governor of Iowa, Robert Lucas. The county seat is Chariton. (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.