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Post office established in 1871. Seven years later the town was laid out and platted as a station on the Iowa Central Railroad, later the Minneapolis and St. Louis. The first grain buyers were the firm of White and Austin, and the first merchants, McLain and Son. Faulkner was never incorporated but it remained a trading point with a lumberyard and grain elevator. In November of 1908 growth was stopped by a disastrous fire which razed the post office, general store and numerous other buildings nearby. The fire started in the general store, located in a double store building and soon spread to surrounding buildings. The origin was a mystery.


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