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The village site was initially surveyed in 1855, and it was resurveyed the following year by the Iowa Land Company. The location of the north-south, eastwest grid pattern was on high, rolling terrain overlooking a wide S-curve of the South Fork of the Maquoketa River. Early in its development the community was traversed first by a stage route and then in the 1850s by the Illinois Central Railroad.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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