Humboldt County, Iowa (Images of America Series)

Humboldt County, Iowa (Images of America Series)

by Pat Baker, Martha Schmidt


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Humboldt County, Iowa (Images of America Series) by Pat Baker, Martha Schmidt

The story of Humboldt County begins with a settlement of progressive dissenters and New England conservatives in north central Iowa. It is the tale of land-starved Scandinavian and Northern European immigrants who traveled to the area seeking rich soil for their farms. Early settlement in the county began in 1854, and Dakota City became the county seat. In 1863, the Reverend Stephen H. Taft brought a colony of his followers to form Springvale, now the city of Humboldt. After the coming of the railroad in 1879, the county prospered from the sale of agricultural products and equipment. Today, new industries are attracted to Humboldt County’s skilled labor force, work ethic, and high quality of life. The combination of high-tech school facilities and a wide range of recreational opportunities attracts thousands of people every year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738576497
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Pat Baker, a 50-year resident of Humboldt, is a researcher and archivist at the Humboldt County Historical Museum. She began collecting photographs for the celebration of the city of Humboldt’s sesquicentennial in 2013. Martha Schmidt is a retired elementary teacher and former president of Humboldt County’s Historical Association and Genealogical Society. She researches Humboldt County families and is a wealth of knowledge on Humboldt history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlement Begins 9

2 Dakota City, County Seat 21

3 Reverend Taft's Dream Becomes a Reality 41

4 Railroad Brings Prosperity to Humboldt County 61

5 A New Generation of Leaders Takes Charge 85

6 Small Towns and Rural Areas Prosper 99

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