|Winneshiek County Towns and Places|
View early post cards of some of Winneshiek County towns
Please note: Many times villages grew up around post offices or post offices were located at or near villages and they may or may not have had the same names. Towns, post offices, mills and communities marked with * are no longer in existence. Those in red are communities listed as populated at http://www.placenames.com/us/p464671/
* Shown on early maps where
Old Mission was later located.
Alba: * July -Dec. 1861
Aquilla Grove Post Office: *
Oct. 1856-April 1865 Canoe Twp.
Beldings Mill * 1856 plat map,
Hesper or Canoe Twp.
Big Canoe: * Sep.-Nov. 1864
Bluffton: Sep.1855-May 1905
Brandt's Mill * 1856 plat map,
Burroak: * 1856 map
Burr Oak: Burr Oak Twp.
Burr Oak Springs: * 1856 map,
Sumner Twp. Post office 1858-64
*Calmar: platted in 1854
Canoe Post Office: * 1857-1905
Carter's Mills: * 1856 plat map,
Castalia 100 years old in 1949
Clifton: * 1856 county map,
Conover: * Calmar Twp. 1874 map
Decorah (County Seat)
Dunnings Mill: * 1856 plat map,
Eide Post Office: * Sep. 1876-Oct.
1881, Pleasant Twp.
Elliot's Mill: * 1856 plat map,
Festina: (formerly Twin Springs)
Franklin Prairie Post Office: *June
1857-Dec. 1858; Canoe Twp.
Frankville Post Office: * Sep. 1853-
June 1911 Frankville Twp.
Freeport: platted in 1854
Grab-all: half way between the Iowa Trail and Postville.
The army stationed a
sergeant's guard there to
"grab all" the Indians passing that
way for removal.
Hesper: Hesper Twp.
Highlandville: Highland Twp.
Hyde Post Office: * June 1886-Jan.
1889; Frankville Twp.
Isted (Istad) Post Office: * Oct. 1890-Dec.
1895; Pleasant Township
Jackson Junction (formerly Alba, or
New Alba): Jackson Twp.
Jamestown Post Office: * July 1851-
March 1852 (became Trout River)
Kendallville: * (was Twin Springs)
Lewiston: * platted 1 mile north of
Old Mission, Washington Twp.
Locust: * (formerly Locust Lane)
Locust Lane Post Office: * 1857-1883
Marysville: (became Calmar)
Melrose: * platted in Sumner Twp.
Morgan Post Office: * 1857-1866
Morses Mills: * 1856 plat map
Navan: * Jackson Twp.
New Alba: * Dec. 1861-July 1883
Nordness: * Springfield Twp.
Old Mission Post Office: * 1852-1882
Orleans Post Office: * 1854-1857;
Ossian: platted in 1855 Military Twp.
Painters Mill: * built 1849 Decorah
Pilot Grove: * 1856 plat map,
Pilot Grove Twp.
Plymouth Rock Post Office* 1856-1907
Rattletrap: early name for Castalia
Rogers Mills: * 1856 plat map,
Sampson Post Office: * 1893-1894;
Sattre Pleasant Township
In 2014 remains as a country store
located about 14 miles northeast of Decorah.
As reported by Susan Jacobsen
Spillmans Mill: * 1856 plat map
Spielville: * 1874 plat map
Springwater: * (formerly Big Canoe)
Springwater Post Office: * 1864-1896
Canoe Twp. See Aquilla Grove
St. George Mill: * 1856 plat
map Washington Twp.
Thoten Post Office: * 1876-1903
Trout River: * 1856 plat map
Twin Springs Post Office: 1856-1874, now
Twin Springs: platted 1856, now Festina,
which was the name of the post office
Valley City * Northeast of Fort Atkinson
NE, NE, Sec 8-96-9 Washington Township
Washington Prairie: Glenwood Twp.
Whiskey Grove: * east of Calmar
Willimantic Post Office: Fremont Twp.
1856-1858 and 1861-1863
Winneshiek Post Office: *1851-1865;
on 1856 plat map Bloomfield Twp.
Woodside Post Office: * 1876-1886
Woodville Post Office: * 1866-1887,
Note: The above list comes from a variety of sources including the "History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa" 1882. If you come across information about these towns, mills, communities or post offices or any that are not listed, please contact the county coordinator.
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