(A very short-lived town)

Excerpts from the 1907 History of Pottawattamie County The first Fouth of July celebration ever held in this vicinity (Center Twp.) was in 1857 at a paper town laid out on the dividing line between Center and Valley townships and named Iola. This was on the faith of a railroad being built through here. The people came from all around and had a basket picnic; but the railroad failed to come that way and the three houses constituting the town were moved and Iola became a memory.

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