Postville is located at the southwest corner of Allamakee County. Its center four blocks were platted in 1850, and additional plats were laid out between 1864 and 1874. The town developed slowly until 1871 when the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Minnesota Railroad arrived. The town conveys a sense of openness with its wide residential lots set within plantings of trees and of well-kept flower and vegetable gardens.
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