Towns and Villages in Marion County, Iowa
Marion County, IA Biographies





TOWNS AND VILLAGES
In the early settlement of the Mississippi Valley states the land speculator was industrious in laying out towns, the object being merely the sale of lots to unsuspecting individuals. Some of the towns projected became business centers of considerable importance, others remain as straggling country villages or small railroad stations, and a number have entirely disappeared. Marion County was no exception to the rule and several towns were laid out within her borders with a view to enriching the proprietors, without regard to the fitness of the location or the prospects for the future. Some fortunate circumstance, such as the location of the county seat or the building of a railroad, has kept some of these towns alive, while others never developed beyond the"paper stage," the old plats found in the office of the county recorder or the recollections of some old settler being all that remains of their history. From a careful examination of the old plat books, atlases and documents the following list of towns that are or have been in Marion County has been compiled: American City, Amsterdam, Attica, Bauer, Bennington, Bethel, Bussey, Caloma, Cloud, Coalport, Columbia, Cordova, Dallas, Delphi, Dixonville, Donley, Dunreath, Durham, Everist, Fifield, Flagler, Gosport, Hamilton, Harrisonville, Harvey, Howell, Indiana, Iola, Knoxville, Leerdam, Lucas Grove, Marysville, Melcher, Morgan Valley, Newbern, New Chicago, Oak, Otley, Pella, Percy, Perryville, Pleasantville, Red Rock, Reedville, Rousseau, Star, Swan, Tracy, Weston, Wheeling and White Breast. Many of these towns have no well defined history, but such facts as could be gathered concerning them are given. The history of the incorporated cities of Knoxville and Pella is given in the two chapters immediately preceding.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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