Iowa Ghost Towns


While looking for county history sites, I came across the Iowa Ghost towns. I live in Readlyn, Bremer County, Iowa.  

The attached  jpegs are from early plat books and atlases. The images are from them.  

Grove Hill cemetery is around 4 miles east of Readlyn on Highway 3 and is said to be a remnant of the early site.

Seigel is listed as the town on the 1895 U.S. Atlas map, and Grove Hill is also from the 1895 atlas.

I messed up the spelling of Knittel when marking it on the jpeg.  Sorry.  Knittel corner is marked with an X.  The image is from a 1917 plat book --Standard Atlas of Bremer County Iowa, Copyright 1917 by Geo. A. Ogle & Co.-- and doesn't list Knittel, but I know that is where it is.  Until 20 years or so ago, there was still a tavern on the site. Now it is entirely gone and only Finders Auto Repair is on the corner.

Submitted by Dianne Oltrogge


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