From Ackley to Zwingle: The Origins of Iowa Place Names
The towns of Iowa have been named for railroad magnates and saloon owners, poets and politicians, bulls and dogs, rivers and trees--and almost anything else that someone could dream up. This fascinating collection gives an account of the colorful, often humorous, and sometimes bizarre origins of over 1,200 Iowa place names.
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Names for Which Origins Have Not Been Found
Amana Appanoose County Blair Bluffs Boone County Buchanan Burlington & Quincy Cedar County Cedar Rapids Center Cerro Gordo County Chicago & North Clayton County Clinton County was named Creek Dubuque County early settler England established Fremont Grove Henry County initially called Iowa County Island & Pacific Jackson County Jasper County Junction Keokuk County Kossuth County Lake land Lee County Linn County located Mahaska County Mills Milwaukee & St Missouri River Moines name was changed named for John named in honor North Western Railroad Ohio originally called Pacific Railroad Paul Railroad place names Pocahontas Polk County post office postal authorities postmaster present name president received its name Rock Island Saint Scott County second source holds settlement Sioux County station Story County Town Lot Company town was laid town was named town was platted township transfer name village Vogel Webster County West Western Town Lot Winneshiek County Woodbury County York