In the early days of Butler County, towns were few and sometimes far between. Small settlements sprang up. Some prospered and are part of Butler County today. Some were abandoned in time and are part of Butler County’s history. Post Offices were established in these small towns only to also be abandoned in years to come. Many post offices moved from one location to another for the convenience of the postmasters.
The following are abandoned post offices and abandoned towns in the early days of Butler County. Most can be found on old county maps. The towns and post offices, the townships and the section they were found in are listed below.
Post Office Township Section Algonquin Washington 32 Ardale Pittsford 5 Beaver Grove Beaver 32 Belgrove Bennezette 12 Butler Center Jefferson 17 Butler Rapids Beaver 7 Clutterville Madison 17 Coldwater Bennezette 6 Coons Grove Butler 13 Coster Jefferson 22 Eleanor Monroe 15 Elm Springs Coldwater 12 Georgetown 4 corners of West Point, Jackson, Ripley and Jefferson Hartness Dayton 26 Hitesville Madison 19 Island Grove Madison 35 Leoni Butler 18 Lowell Butler 29 Maudville West Point 28 New Albion Jefferson and Albion 2 and 4 New Jerusalem Beaver 9 Prosper Fremont 10 Roots Siding Dayton 22 Swanton Albion 2 Union Ridge Pittsford 20 West Point West Point 19 Willoughby Beaver 9 Wilsons Grove Bennezette 15
~Much of the information on the towns and post offices comes from Microfilm Publication M841 from Washington D.C. Archives
Towns in 1883
Allison Demont New Hartford Shellrock Aplington Greene Packard Shellrock Station Bristow Kesley Parkersburg Sinclair Clarksville Monmouth Shell Rock Vilmar
Note: Sinclair and Packard are now grain elevators in the country and Vilmar is the site of a long ago store and the Vilmar Church a mile down the road. ~ Contributed by Judy Poppen
~ source: The History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa, Illustrated. Springfield, Illinois, Union Publishing Company, 1883
Towns of Today
Allison (county seat) Dumont Aplington Greene Aredale New Hartford Bristow Parkersburg Clarksville Shell Rock
~ePodunk for Butler County, Iowa
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