Iowa Ghost Towns

Towns! (Simple definition)


“An urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city.”  This is the definition given by FREE *WordWeb dictionary.


“A population center, often incorporated, larger than a village and usually smaller than a City.”  This is the definition given by

*“The American Heritage Dictionary.”


The towns listed on this site were definitely smaller than a city, though many had high hopes of becoming such.


In the beginning the populated areas were called settlements.  The first official American settlement in Iowa began in June 1833.  By the late 1860s, most of the state had been settled. Settlements, villages or towns we are interested in them all. The main purpose of this site is to discover interesting facts about Iowa’s earliest towns.


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Ghost ‘town’ not ghosts!

*The dictionaries mentioned are two that I the webmaster use.  I  and Iowa Ghost Towns and those associated with this site assume no responsibility in your use of the software should you decide to download them. The links are provided for information purposes only.

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