Trails to the Past

Iowa

Linn County

 

 

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Linn County was created as a named but unorganized area on December 21, 1837, as a part of Wisconsin Territory. It became part of Iowa Territory on July 4, 1838 when the territory was organized. Linn County was organized by the first legislative assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 15, 1839. A site was selected for its first county seat along Indian Creek, and was named Marion, after the Revolutionary War general Francis Marion. As early as 1855, there were debates over moving the county seat to the fast-growing Cedar Rapids, southwest of Marion, but it was not until November 6, 1919, that there were enough votes in favor of the move (9,960 to 4,823). The first rail line was built through Cedar Rapids in 1859, and made the town (and the county) a major commercial hub in eastern Iowa.

On Line Data

Cities
    Alburnett
    Bertram
    Cedar Rapids - County Seat
    Center Point
    Central City
    Coggon
    Ely
    Fairfax
    Hiawatha
    Lisbon
    Marion
    Mount Vernon
    Palo
    Prairieburg
    Robins
    Springville
    Walford
    Walker
Unincorporated communities
    Covington
    Lafayette
    Toddville
    Troy Mills
    Waubeek
    Western
    Whittier
    Viola
Ghost towns
    Ivanhoe

Townships
    Bertram
    Boulder
    Brown
    Buffalo
    Clinton
    College
    Fairfax
    Fayette
    Franklin
    Grant
    Jackson
    Linn
    Maine
    Marion
    Monroe
    Otter Creek
    Putnam
    Spring Grove
    Washington

 

 

Historical Dows district Ely, Iowa

 

 

 

 

Adjacent counties
    Benton County (west)
    Buchanan County (northwest)
    Cedar County (southeast)
    Delaware County (northeast)
    Iowa County (southwest)
    Johnson County (south)
    Jones County (east)

 

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