Iowa Ghost Towns

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Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland". It derives its name from the ‘Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.

Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east; the Missouri River and Big Sioux River on the west.

•U.S. settlement and statehood, 1832-1860. The first Amerrican settlers officially….

•On July 4, 1838, the U.S. Congress established the…

•On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state in the Union when…

•At Iowa’s beginning many towns and villages were being…

•Certain towns became important business areas with a diversity of…

•When the railroads came and located miles away even the towns that were…

•The names of the towns and villages that came and went was a reflection of… •Whatever their name or purpose was, many of these towns are now…

IOWA GHOST TOWNS is striving to bring to life (however small) the memory of those long lost towns and villages. We invite you too look around and trust you will visit us often.

Read (and view pictures) the rest of this Iowa history story here!

We invite your inquiries and input.  

Would you like to help with this project?  Do you know of any additional information about the towns or counties listed?

We would appreciate your sending it our way.

Descriptions? Pictures?

Additional info?

All greatly appreciated.

For verification purposes, please list information source.

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EZ Town Index Alphabetized

Town Facts & Info

Town Listing Index

EZ County Index With Towns

Map Index

County Facts & Info

County Courthouse Pictures

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Wikipedia Links By County

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Last Ghost House Just Sold!

Towns of Today

County QUIZ - Fun!

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This is a family friendly site.  All inappropriate info sent our way will be discarded (or reported). Please! Help us to make this site a great success.  To all those who have already sent info our way... Many Thanks!   

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What is ‘Stories of Towns Past?” It is stories people share with us. Stories they remember about a particular town - an experience their grandparents shared about a town - a town they have information about that is in addition to what we have…and more. Check it out, you will find it interesting and informative.





See how well you know the county names and where they are located in the state. No Cheating!

Can you solve these mysteries?

We receive a constant flow of emails and submissions about Ghost Towns that have only a name. People share with us that a family member, friend, or some other source, mentioned the name of a town from the past having little or no other information.

Here are some examples:  Barney - Bristol - Consol - Dingesville - Flagler - Giffordville - Mackey - Millville - Unique - Vio or Veo? - Wymmer (spelling?)    View more at Stories of Towns Past.

Ever heard of these towns? If you have information about these towns, please contact Iowa Ghost Towns.

Have any pictures relative to Iowa Ghost Towns? We would love for you to share them with us. Also, we are still missing pictures of County Courthouses. View the pictures we have and see the ones missing.

County Courthouse Pictures.



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Iowa Ghost Towns Management Team