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, interpreting newspaper documents, and exploring neighborhood web pages on the way to discover why those groups acquired their specific names, after they have been verified, and once they have been integrated. Savage comprises info at the place-names of all 1,188 included and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet not less than of the subsequent skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail company; an annual get together or competition; a faculty; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide sign in of ancient locations; a zip-coded publish workplace; or an organization with a public game website. 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 presents attainable motives. He additionally comprises information regarding the state’s identify and approximately each 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 integrated in 1841, to its most modern, Maharishi Vedic urban, included in 2001. The imaginations and reports 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 nation within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an beautiful genealogical and old historical past to today’s map of Iowa. “It is without doubt one of the beauties of Iowa that shuttle around the kingdom brings someone into touch with such a lot of really good names, a few of which a traveller might comprehend instantly, yet others may possibly require somewhat 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 determine with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't stay with out them. This ebook can assist us study extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword via Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be 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 lads 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 entire Prim; eco-friendly, contemplating 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 used to be integrated on February 15, 1888.”
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Extra resources for A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide)
Ankeny was incorporated on February 28, 1903. (23) Anthon, Woodbury County. Anthon was established on February 17, 1888, by the Cherokee and Western Town Lot and Land Company. Absalom Miller had donated the land for the town, and the plans were to name the town after his daughter, Anneta. There already was a town with that name, so the town was instead named for J. Q. Anthon, who was an engineer with the Illinois Central Railroad. Anthon was incorporated on July 25, 1890. (163, 294, 438) Aplington, Butler County.
Parriott, Zenas Aplington, and Theodore A. Wilson. Zenas Aplington erected a store and stocked 26 Andrew / Towns it, though he did not run it or even live in the town. The community was named for him. Aplington was incorporated on April 30, 1895. (163, 254, 438) Arcadia, Carroll County. Arcadia was established by Isaac Voris in 1872 and originally called Tip-Top. Voris later suggested Arcadia, after the province in Greece, as the town’s name. Arcadia was incorporated on November 3, 1881. (42, 163, 438) Archer, O’Brien County.
Beaman on October 18, 1875. He named the town for himself. Beaman was incorporated on April 26, 1884. (55, 438, 528) Beaver, Boone County. Beaver was founded on June 30, 1879, and named for the nearby Beaver Creek. Beaver was incorporated on October 5, 1912. (210, 438) Bedford, county seat, Taylor County. The town site was selected by a board of commissioners appointed to locate a county seat for Taylor County in March 1853. The town was ﬁrst called Beadforde. There are several possible reasons for the name of the community.