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Palo Alto was moved to a new server and I am reconstructing the site and adding new material. Please be patient as I get it loaded again. Right now there may be broken links. It just means I do not have that uploaded yet. Please check back again! My Name is Kris and I am the NEW County Coordinator of Palo Alto County. If you have material which you would like to contribute, need help, or have items you are willing to do look-ups in, please click this link. Iowa became a state in 1846 and Palo Alto County was established in January of 1851. Palo Alto County is named for an important battlefield victory in the Mexican War, which was fought on May 8, 1846. In the mid 1800s, migration from Ireland to America was at its peak. After arriving in New York, many Irishmen worked their way west. In 1856, a group of Irish immigrant families settled near the geographic center of Palo Alto County, attracted to the fertile land of Northwest Iowa. They established a frontier Irish colony in Palo Alto County on the banks of the Des Moines River near the present site of Emmetsburg. The families were: Nolan, Neary, Mahan, Laughlin, Downey, Sylvester, Jackman, Hickey and Crowley. From these families blossomed the distinctive Irish flavor of the area.
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