Lost Buxton, Iowa (Images of America Series)

Lost Buxton, Iowa (Images of America Series)


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Lost Buxton, Iowa (Images of America Series) by Rachelle Chase

Buxton, Iowa, was an unincorporated coal mining town, established by Consolidation Coal Company in 1900. At a time when Jim Crow laws and segregation kept blacks and whites separated throughout the nation, Buxton was integrated. African American and Caucasian residents lived, worked, and went to school side by side. The company provided miners with equal housing and equal pay, regardless of race, and offered opportunities for African Americans beyond mining. Professional African Americans included a bank cashier, the justice of the peace, constables, doctors, attorneys, store clerks, and teachers. Businesses, such as a meat market, a drugstore, a bakery, a music store, hotels, millinery shops, a saloon, and restaurants, were owned by African Americans. For 10 years, African Americans made up more than half of the population. Unfortunately, in the early 1920s, the mines closed, and today, only a cemetery, a few foundations, and some crumbling ruins remain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467124386
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,210,326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rachelle Chase is a senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies and a published romance author with an interest in African American history. She currently lives in Iowa. She tells the unique story of Buxton by combining quotes extracted from oral histories of Buxton residents with rare photographs from the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Monroe County Historical Society & Museum, and private collectors like John Jacobs and Michael W. Lemberger.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 Buxton Is Born 11

2 The Miners' Life 29

3 The Big Shots of Buxton 41

4 Living the Dream 55

5 Together, In Harmony 87

6 Life after Buxton 97

7 Buxton Today 109

8 Utopia? 123

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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