(Decatur County, Richland Township)

I would like to request the addition of the town "Westerville" to the list of Decatur County Ghost Towns. It was located in the center of Section 21 of Richardson Township.

I believe it may have been in the area of the Westervelt cemetery. You can see on the map that it shows this town existed in 1875.

You will see the small town (on the map) in the middle of section 21 of Richland Township in Decatur County, Iowa. This map is copy righted by the David Rumsey collection.

Also, you will see the town of Westerville on a 1930 Plat map (Richland Township) from the University of Iowa web site at the following URL.   http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/hixson/id/432/rec/64

Included is an 1860 US Census that shows "Westerville" as the location of the closest Post Office for the residences in Richland Township, Decatur County, Iowa.

Census 1860 Westervill_Lightbox.jpg

Submitted by David Chase

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The 1875 map is copy righted by the David Rumsey collection.   http://www.davidrumsey.com/

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