By Tom Savage
Lourdes and Churchtown, Woden and Clio, Emerson and Sigourney, Tripoli and Waterloo, Prairie urban and Prairieburg, Tama and Swedesburg, What Cheer and Coin. Iowa’s place-names replicate the religions, myths, cultures, households, heroes, whimsies, and misspellings of the Hawkeye State’s population. Tom Savage spent 4 years corresponding with librarians, urban and county officers, and native historians, studying newspaper documents, and exploring neighborhood web content so that it will discover why those groups acquired their specific names, after they have been confirmed, and after they have been included. Savage contains info at the place-names of all 1,188 integrated and unincorporated groups in Iowa that meet not less than of the subsequent skills: twenty-five or extra citizens; a retail enterprise; an annual occasion or competition; a college; church, or cemetery; a development at the nationwide sign in of old areas; a zip-coded publish workplace; or an organization with a public sport website. If a town’s identify has replaced through the years, he offers information regarding every one identify; if a name’s provenance is uncertain, he presents attainable causes. He additionally comprises information regarding the state’s identify and approximately each one of its ninety-nine counties in addition to an inventory of ghost cities. The entries variety from the counties of Adair to Wright and from the cities of Abingdon to Zwingle; from Iowa’s oldest city, Dubuque, beginning as a mining camp within the 1780s and integrated in 1841, to its most recent, Maharishi Vedic urban, integrated in 2001. The imaginations and reports of its voters performed a task within the naming of Iowa’s groups, as did the hopes of the large inflow of immigrants who settled the kingdom within the 1800s. Tom Savage’s dictionary of place-names presents an beautiful genealogical and historic heritage to today’s map of Iowa. “It is among the beauties of Iowa that go back and forth around the nation brings anyone into touch with such a lot of fantastic names, a few of which a traveller could comprehend instantly, yet others could require a little bit research. just like the poet Stephen Vincent Ben?t, we've fallen in love with American names. they're a part of our soul, be they relations names, city names, or artifact names. We establish with them and are pointed out with them, and we can't reside with out them. This booklet may help us study extra approximately them and combine them into our beings.”—from the foreword by means of Loren N. Horton “Primghar, O’Brien County. Primghar used to be demonstrated through W. C. eco-friendly and James Roberts on November eight, 1872. The identify of town comes from the initials of the 8 males who have been instrumental in constructing it. a brief poem memorializes the boys and their names: Pumphrey, the treasurer, drives the 1st nail; Roberts, the donor, is quickly on his path; Inman dips slyly his first letter in; McCormack provides M, which makes the entire Prim; eco-friendly, contemplating groceries, supplies them the G; Hayes drops them an H, with out asking a rate; Albright, the joker, along with his jokes all at par; Rerick brings up the rear and crowns all ‘Primghar.’ Primghar used to be included on February 15, 1888.”
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It was originally called Creaseville for one of the town founders, Henry Crease. The name was changed to Batavia when the citizens of the town petitioned for the change on January 19, 1853. One explanation for the name could be that it was transferred from one of the other towns named Batavia in the East. Another possibility is that the name reﬂects the inﬂuence of the Dutch settlers in the area. An ancient Roman name for the Dutch was Batavi. Batavia was incorporated on January 6, 1868. (163, 277, 438, 557) Battle Creek, Ida County.
On June 28, 1840, Colonel Thomas Cox laid out a town called Dartmouth at the present site of Anamosa. The plat was never recorded. R. J. Cleaveland established the town of Lexington in 1846. The name was changed to Anamosa, apparently to avoid confusion with similarly named towns in the area. There are several versions as to why it was so named. One is that during the discussions about lost mail, there was a resolve to name the town so uniquely that confusion could not exist. The discussions were taking place at a boardinghouse where the community mail was delivered.
163, 590) Woodbury County (1851) was called Floyd County, but the name was changed to Wahkaw County before it was changed to Woodbury County in 1853 to honor the memory of Levi Woodbury. Woodbury, who died in 1851, had served as governor of New Hampshire and as a senator for that state. Sioux City is the county seat. (163, 592) Worth County (1851) was named after General William J. Worth, a veteran of both the Black Hawk War and the war with Mexico. Northwood is the county seat. (163, 593) Wright County (1851) was named after two men.
A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (Bur Oak Guide) by Tom Savage