This is one of several towns in Iowa that was specifically established to be a county seat. The site was selected because of its central location within the county. A courthouse was built, and the platting of the town site took place in 1865. The community grew slowly over the years, finally assuming the urban form one associates with smaller midwestern communities. There is a small business and civic center, then tree-lined residential streets, and finally an “industrial” area of grain elevators and other businesses associated with the railway.
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