The town of Amsterdam was surveyed and platted in May, 1848, by Walter Clement, deputy county surveyor, for Hendrick
P. Scholte. Mr. Scholte had come from Holland only two years before, and he named the town after the well known
city in his native land. The site of this proposed metropolis of Marion County was in the southwest part of section
20, township 76, range 18, on the north side of the Des Moines River and about a mile southeast of the present
village of Howell. The original plat shows sixty blocks, divided into 490 lots, with a public square and site for
a city market. The streets running north and south were East, Kranz, Post, Scholte, Cherry, Walnut, Lind, Rokin,
Pella, Vine and West. The east and west streets were Bluff, Lake, Heeren, Utrecht, Market, Huiden, Beeren and South.
There was also a short thoroughfare called Court Street running south from the public square which was bounded
by Lake, Rokin, Heeren and Pella streets.
At the time Amsterdam was laid out occasional steamboats ascended the Des Moines River and the purpose was to develop
the town into a great commercial center. It is said that circulars, with a picture showing a row of business buildings
along the river front and steamers lying at the wharf, were circulated in the eastern cities calling attention
to the advantages of Amsterdam and inviting the investment of capital. Although few lots were actually sold and
improved, Mr. Scholte employed Moses A. Clark, deputy county surveyor, to lay out an addition of 204 lots in the
latter part of May, 1856. The plat of this addition was filed on June 2, 1852, under the name of "North Amsterdam."
No postoffice was ever established in the town, and the only business enterprises of which anything definite can
be learned were the burning of lime and the manufacture of brick.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
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