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Iowa Ghost Towns

Hepburn  -  A city in Page County, Iowa, United States. The population was 23 at the 2010 census.


History  -  Hepburn was platted in 1873, and a post office was opened that same year. It is named for William Peter Hepburn of Clarinda, Iowa, a Civil War veteran (Lt. Col., 2nd Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry), and later a prominent Congressman and staunch political ally of Theodore Roosevelt.


Hepburn had a depot on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.


The median income for a household in the city was $22,500, and the median income for a family was $10,833


The McCoy Polygonal Barn is an historical structure located near Hepburn in rural Page County, Iowa. It was built in 1914 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986.  The hexagon shaped building features white horizontal siding, a large cupola with 12 windows and an aerator.

Imogene  -  A city in Fremont County, Iowa, United States. The population was 72 at the 2010 census.


The median income for a household in the city was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $46,667.

Jackson Junction  -  A city in Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. The population was 58 at the 2010 census.


It is the home of Turkey Valley Community School District, which serves the nearby communities of Waucoma; Lawler; Fort Atkinson; St. Lucas and Protivin as well as its rural areas.


The median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $41,563.


(See map here)

Jolley  -  A city in Calhoun County, Iowa, United States. The population was 41 at the 2010 census.


History  -  Jolley was platted in 1883. The town was incorporated in 1895.


The median income for a household in the city was $24,286, and the median income for a family was $48,125.


Cannon fired annually - See cannon here

Keomah Village  -  A city in Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. The population was 84 at the 2010 census.


Keomah Village is located adjacent to Lake Keomah State Park.


The median income for a household in the city was $63,750, and the median income for a family was $71,750.


Keomah Village City Hall

Kinross  -  A city in Keokuk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 73 at the 2010 census.


The community is named after a place in Scotland. Kinross is now essentially a ghost town, having no public businesses or schools; the large closed brick school and an abandoned gas station are the only indicators of a town.


History  -  Kinross was created by people moving to be close to a new railroad depot in 1879 by moving both houses and businesses. This move along with other departures effectively turned their prior community, Hinkletown, Iowa, into a ghost town.


The median income for a household in the city was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $33,750.


(Picture of Kinross former school)

Kirkman  -  A city in Shelby County, Iowa, United States, along the West Nishnabotna River. The population was 64 at the 2010 census.


History  -  Kirkman had its start by the building of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad through that territory.


Kirkman was established by the Western Town Lot Company in 1880, and incorporated in 1892.


The town was named after M.M. Kirkman, a railroad official, and the first house in the town was Kirkman House.


The median income for a household in the city was $49,375, and the median income for a family was $55,000.


Notable people  -  Kirkman was the birthplace of Lew Anderson, who played Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody.  More about Kirkman here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Anderson


(Kirkman Map)

Knierim  -  A city in Calhoun County, Iowa, United States. The population was 60 at the 2010 census.


History  -  The city was founded by William and Wilhelmina Knierim in 1899, and incorporated in 1901.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,667, and the median income for a family was $41,528.


(See Knierim Map)

Le Roy  -  A city in Decatur County, Iowa, United States. The population was 15 in the 2010 census, an increase from 13 in the 2000 census.


In the 2000 census, Le Roy had the distinction of being the second smallest populated incorporated city in Iowa, with the increase in the 2010 census of both Le Roy and Beaconsfield, Iowa (population 11 in 2000) they now share the title of being the smallest populated incorporated cities in Iowa.


History  -  Le Roy had its start in the year 1880 by the building of the Humeston and Shenandoah Railroad through that territory.  It is named for Leroy Buffman, an early settler.


The median income for a household in the city was $33,125, and the median income for a family was $34,375.



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City Hall

Leroy Depot

Leroy Main Street

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Pictures and more info found at  http://iagenweb.org/decatur/earlydecDocs/leroy.html


Decatur County, Iowa  Part of the IaGenWeb Project   

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Map of  Leroy

Luzerne  -  A city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 96 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.


History  -  Luzerne had its start by the building of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway through that territory.  Luzerne was platted as a town on the railroad in 1868.  It was named after the city of Lucerne, in Switzerland.


The median income for a household in the city was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $34,688.


(Luzerne Map)       


More info found at Benton County IAGenWeb Project  http://iagenweb.org/benton/history/town_histories/luzerne-cen.htm


St Paul’s Lutheran Church (Luzerne) burned down in January of 2001.  




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Pictures found at  http://www.datpub.com/gen/html/luzerne__iowa.html


All of the B&W pictures above were taken by Charles W Waterman, blacksmith and amateur photographer. Charles was a member of St Paul’s and was baptized by Rev Phillip Studt.

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Festival

Blacksmith

Church Fire

Cooks celebration

Depot

Parsonage

Main Street

St Paul Church

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People at Church

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Main Street Winter

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Switchboard - Grocery

Maloy  -  A city in Ringgold County, Iowa, United States, along the Platte River.  Population was 29 at the 2010 census.


History  -  Settlement of the western part of Ringgold County began in the 1850s.  Maloy was platted in 1887, in the same year as the railroad arrived. Maloy was incorporated as a city in 1901.


In 1917, the two-story brick Maloy High School was built; after serving from 1920 to 1952, it became an elementary school in the Mount Ayr Community School District.


A major fire on June 17, 1931, razed the Catholic Church, five businesses, a house, and a barn.[4] The school closed in 1972 and was torn down in 1987. The railroad, which once offered both freight and passenger service, was dismantled in 1985.[


Today, the city is governed by a mayor and three-member city council.


The median income for a household in the city is $36,250, and the median income for a family was $13,750.


(History of Maloy, Ringgold County, Iowa    http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/history/maloy/hist-maloy.html )


(Maloy Map)

Marysville  -  A city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 66 at the 2010 census.


History  - There are numerous coal exposures on the banks of the branches of Cedar Creek both north and south of Marysville.  In 1846, one exposure south of Marysville was found to be on fire, and this fire continued until June 1851, when heavy rains and flooding extinguished the fire.


The county surveyor, Joseph Brobst, filed a plat for Marysville on March 4, 1851, creating 26 lots and a public square that was later subdivided into additional lots. Marysville was named after the 5 members of the Brobst family who were named Mary. Originally, the Marysville post office was named Ely or Ely's.


A Methodist church was established in 1867.  A weekly newspaper, the Marysville Miner, was established in 1871, and a woolen factory was opened in 1872.


Marysville was officially incorporated as a town in the late 1870’s, and by 1910 it had three general stores, a post office, a    

4-teacher public school, and telephone service.


A five-foot bed of coal was exposed along North Cedar Creek about 2 miles north of Marysville, and by 1867, several coal banks were open in the Marysville area and Jacob Kline had opened a mine about a mile north of Marysville, where the coal was 10 feet thick. By 1908, eleven different mines had been worked in the Marysville area, primarily by the Mammoth Vein Coal Company, which took over from the O.K. Coal Company in 1903. The Wabash Railroad built a 7-mile spur line to serve the mines


The median income for a household in the city was $43,750, and the

median income for a family was $53,750.


Read more at   http://www.onlinebiographies.info/ia/mar/t-marysville.htm

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Rail Line Map

Map of Marysville

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Millerton is A city in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. The population was 45 at the 2010 census.


The median income for a household in the city was $19,286, and the median income for a family

was $43,750.

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Nemaha  -  A city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 85 at the 2010 census.


Nemaha is a tiny town in northwest Iowa located equidistant between Sioux City and Fort Dodge.   

It was platted in 1899 at the northwest corner of Section 22 in Delaware Township, Sac County, Iowa.


The town incorporated in 1914 and has remained incorporated ever since


The median income for a household in the city was $27,708, and the median income for a family was $31,250.


The name of Nemaha is an Indian word meaning "muddy water". This was characteristic of the level land at the time since much of it was swampy.


Learn more here:    http://www.nemahaweb.com/nemahaia/              (Click on pictures for larger view)


Trip Advisor for park image  

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g38213-i20458755-Nemaha_Iowa.html

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Matlock  -  A city in Sioux County, Iowa, United States.  The population was 87 at the 2010 census.


The median income for a household in the city was $36,750, and the median income for a family

Was $41,875.

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Millville  -  An unincorporated town in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 30 at the 2010 census, up from 23 at the 2000 census.


History  -  The city of Millville was incorporated in 1967. The city lies along the Turkey River and is located on US Highway 52.  The city limits is only 0.76 miles long.  In October 2013, the city started undergoing the process of unincorporating itself, and formally became unincorporated in July 2014.


Millville is best known for the Millville Poltergeist that shook the small sub-division of Guttenberg in 1960. http://www.prairieghosts.com/millville.html


The median income for a household in the city was $29,583, and the median income for a family was $29,583


Millville Gazette

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/clayton-county-city-millville-disincorporates-20140723

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Morrison  -  A city in Grundy County, Iowa, United States. The population was 94 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Waterloo–Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $31,875


Morrison Inn Steak House  http://morrisinnsteakhouse.com/

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Mount Sterling  -  A city in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 36 at the 2010 census.


Mount Sterling was first settled in the late 1830’s when George and Horace Wood established a sawmill and corn-cracker to serve the small farms of southern Van Buren County and the northern portion of nearby Scotland County, Missouri. Within a decade the Woods were joined by several other businesses. At first, the small village had no official name and was often referred to as "Dogtown" by the early residents. This came from the fact that nearly every farmer who came to the mill brought at least two or three dogs along, and also from the fact that Horace Wood had three hounds who loved to devour the corn meal as it left the grinder.

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A J's Bar & Grill  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g38205-d4686775-Reviews-A_J_s_Bar_and_Grill-Mount_Sterling_Iowa.html


More Information in The Gazette    http://www.thegazette.com/2012/04/08/tiny-iowa-town-prepares-to-disband-after-105-years

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Other early names for the village were Wood's Mill and Union Corners until finally Mount Sterling was selected. A steam-powered flour mill was erected in 1855, but the lack of business forced its closure and relocation to Keokuk, Iowa in 1861. Other industry and business included a distillery, a second sawmill, a barrel hoop factory, a blacksmith, several general mercantile stores, a shoemaker and a lumber yard. In addition to establishing the first sawmill, George Wood also built and operated the town's first inn and served as the area's first postmaster. The first child born in the town was to Dr Joel Knight, a purveyor of a patent medicine product known as "Dr Joel Knight's Celebrated Screw Auger Pills."


The first school was built in the area in 1841.


Mount Sterling never exceeded more than 300 residents. After incorporation in 1907, the town reported a peak population of 232 souls in the 1910 U.S. Census.  The population of the town and surrounding farms continued to dwindle throughout the 20th century, particularly after World War II, leading to business closures.


Mount Sterling became something of a bedroom community with residents forced to find work in larger area towns like Keosauqua, Keokuk, and Fairfield Iowa.


Current-day Mount Sterling has only two businesses, a bar & grill and an auto repair shop, and a hunting lodge. The town made national news in 2003 after then-Mayor Jo Hamlett proposed an ordinance that would fine residents and visitors for lying. Although it was made in jest, the proposal pointed out the chronic lack of cash in a town whose yearly budget never exceeded $5,000. The story of the ordinance was covered by news outlets as far away as Australia.


In April 2012 the Mount Sterling city council voted to disband the town, the first Iowa town to take such a step since 2005.

No candidates filed to run for Mayor or city council in the November 2011 election, prompting the vote to become an unincorporated area of Van Buren County.  The county government will take over all street maintenance and the towns street lights will be discontinued. The towns' sewer system will continue to be operated by the county. The city officially became unincorporated on November 11, 2012, when the Community Development Board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority voted unanimously to accept the city's resolution of discontinuance


The median income for a household in the city was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $34,375.


City Limit Sign

Mount Sterling Map

Northboro  -  A city in Page County, Iowa, United States. The population was 58 at the 2010 census.  Northboro had a population of 55 as of July 1, 2017


The City of History  -  Northboro was platted in 1881, shortly after the railroad arrived into the neighborhood.


The median income for a household in the city was $35,536, and the median income for a family was $36,429.


Business in Northboro:  


*City of Northboro  Government Services   *Coin Library     *Matheson Paint Paper Hanging & Removal


*Northboro Town Hall Government Services      *Pappy's Crafts Arts & Crafts Supplies


*St Paul's Lutheran Church      *United Methodist Church Religious Services

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Map

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Northboro Home

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Numa  -  A city in Appanoose County, Iowa, United States. The population was 92 in the 2010 census, a decline from 109 in 2000.


History  - Numa was laid out in 1871.


In 1907, fire destroyed the surface equipment of the Numa Block mine, then the most productive mine in the county. The Numa Block shaft was 150 feet deep, giving access to a 30-inch coal seam. The Numa Block Coal Company also owned mines in Seymour, (about 8 miles to the west).  In 1912, Local 875 of the United Mine Workers, based in Numa, had 392 members.


In 1911, the Numa Block Coal Company started a new mine, about a mile east of Numa.  When fully developed, this mine employed 155 men, hoisting 300 tons of coal daily to ship 175 carloads of coal monthly.


The original Numa Block mine was closed in 1915, after having undermined 240 acres.  


A new company town, Martinstown, was platted around this mine in 1913. The approximately 40 houses in Martinstown were frequently known as Shantytown. The mine closed in 1937, after undermining 96 acres.  Aside from the blackened remains of the Martinstown slag pile, little remains of this mine today.  In 1914, the Numa Block Coal Company produced over 100,000 tons of coal, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,625, and the median income for a family was $27,344.  

Orchard  -  A city in Mitchell County, Iowa, United States. The population was 71 at the 2010 census.


History  -  Orchard had its start in the year 1869 by the building of the Illinois Central Railroad through that territory. It was named for Moses Orchard, a pioneer settler


The median income for a household in the city was $19,583, and the median income for a family was $21,250


The following and more found at:  http://iagenweb.org/mitchell/localdat/orchardm.htm


In 1869, the Illinois Central Railroad was completed through Lincoln Township, and a village, platted by that company, was called Orchard. It was named after Moses Orchard, the first permanent settler who gave the land for the village site. The usual pioneer town businesses were started.


In the fall of 1869, G. A. Wright with Moses Orchard started a grain business, and in 1878, built a large round elevator. In later years two elevators were in operation. Today Earnest Smolik operates the elevator, a well stocked hardware store and a modern feed store.


After the fires in 1889, in which all but one of the places of business, and some of the homes, were destroyed, Orchard came back with numerous business places and seemed to thrive beyond expectations, until the thirties, when cars and better roads spelled the doom of the small town.

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