“The site of the town,” Andreas noted in 1875, “is located upon high ground, very near the center of the county, as its name indicates.” 4When Centerville was platted in 1846–1847, an octagonal courthouse square was provided near the center of the town. Within the county, agriculture was augmented by coal mining and limestone quarrying, activities that have essentially ceased.
Alfred Theodore Andreas, Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875, 500.
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