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 replicate 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 files, and exploring neighborhood web content so one can discover why those groups obtained their specific names, once they have been verified, and after they have been integrated. Savage comprises details at the place-names of all 1,188 integrated and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet not less than of the subsequent 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 in of old areas; a zip-coded put up place of work; or an organization with a public game 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 uncertain, he presents attainable factors. 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 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 most up-to-date, Maharishi Vedic urban, integrated in 2001. The imaginations and studies 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 beautiful genealogical and old history to today’s map of Iowa. “It is likely one of the beauties of Iowa that go back and forth around the nation brings somebody into touch with such a lot of superb names, a few of which a tourist might comprehend instantly, yet others could require a bit 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 relatives 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 publication may help us examine extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword through Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be demonstrated 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 brief poem memorializes the boys 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 whole Prim; eco-friendly, deliberating groceries, supplies them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with no asking a price; Albright, the joker, together 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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Waverly is the county seat. (4, 163) Buchanan County (1839) was named after James Buchanan, a noted politician. Buchanan later became the president of the United States. The county seat is Independence. (59, 163) Buena Vista County (1851) was named after the battle in the Mexican War where Santa Anna was defeated by General Zachary Taylor. 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.
4, 163) Adams County (1851) was named after John Quincy Adams, who signed the Declaration of Independence and served as president of the United States. The county seat is Corning. (5, 163) Allamakee County (1849) either was named for Allan Makee, an explorer and trapper who traded with the Indians in the area, or the name was derived from an Indian word. ” The county seat is Waukon. (12, 163) Appanoose County (1843) was named after a chief of the Sac and Fox Indians. ” Appanoose was an important ﬁgure, because he attempted to peacefully end the Black Hawk War.
S. interests against Algerian pirates. Leon is the county seat. (154, 163) Delaware County (1837) was either named after the state of Delaware or for a county in New York State. Manchester is the county seat. (156, 163) Des Moines County (1834) was named for the Des Moines River. Burlington is the county seat. (160, 163) Dickinson County (1851) was named after Senator Daniel Dickinson of New York. Spirit Lake is the county seat. (161, 163) Dubuque County (1834) was named after Julien Dubuque, a French Canadian trader who mined lead in the area.
A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide) by Tom Savage