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The grid scheme of Waukon, with its central open courthouse square, was recorded in 1853. Andreas paints a picture of it that is not too different from what one encounters today: “The town is regularly laid out, with straight and broad streets, adorned plentifully with shade trees in the vicinity of the more retired residences and public buildings.” 35The fertility of the soil and the abundance of springs encouraged the establishment of two of the state's best-known nurseries, one run by D. W. Adams and the other by C. Barnard.


Andreas, Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875, 431.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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