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Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland". It derives its name from the ‘Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.  Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east; the Missouri River and Big Sioux River on the west.

•Settlers officially….   •Congress established…   •Iowa became…  •Towns and villages were being…     

•When the railroads came…   •Towns that came…   •Towns became…   •Whatever their name or purpose was…

IOWA GHOST TOWNS is striving to bring to life (however small) the memory of those long lost towns and villages. We invite you too look around and trust you will visit us often.

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What is ‘Stories of Towns Past?” It is stories people share with us. Stories they remember about a particular town - an experience their grandparents shared about a town - a town they have information about that is in addition to what we have…and more. Check it out, you will find it interesting and informative.





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We receive a constant flow of emails and submissions about Ghost Towns that have only a name. People share with us that a family member, friend, or some other source, mentioned the name of a town from the past having little or no other information.

Here are some examples:  Barney - Consol - Dingesville - Giffordville - Mackey - Millville - Unique - Vio or Veo? - Wymmer (spelling?)    View more at Stories of Towns Past.

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Have any pictures relative to Iowa Ghost Towns? We would love for you to share them with us. Also, we are still missing pictures of County Courthouses. View the pictures we have and see the ones missing.

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COMMENT = I have read that my great (3x) grandfather, Benjamin Pitney Freeman lived at Sugar Grove, Hale Township, Jones County, Iowa. It is also supposed to be the name of the first school district in the state of Iowa. I grew up on a farm in Hale Township and do not remember my father mentioning it, as he did of some unmarked locations. Can you please provide me with information on it's location?

Thank you for your assistance.  Butch Freeman       (What we have found so far. Do you have any info?)


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