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Lost Black Hawk County: Vanished Towns of the Cedar Valley (IA)

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    Linda McCann(Author)

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In 1850, visitors to Iowa's Black Hawk County seemed as likely to run across traces of deer, elk, buffalo or beaver as they were to find evidence of the 135 settlers spread out over 567 square miles. While the human population has steadily grown since then, the roots of that habitation have been anything but fixed. Towns have sprung up and withered away, lacking the glamour and resources of neighboring communities (or maybe just their access to the railroad). Some of the places brought to life in Linda McCann's history have only lain barely dormant in fond memories, while others represent a landscape even old-timers might be shocked to learn was there.

Linda Betsinger McCann has been researching genealogy for about thirty years. It was only when her oldest granddaughter was born that she realized she needed to put her information into readable form, and she wrote a biography of her grandmother. That pursuit wetted her appetite, and she has written several bios since. She also began researching the history of the Iowa area where she lives. Linda's great-grandparents settled in Iowa as early as the 1850s, and the seventh generation of her family lives in her hometown presently. Linda is president and a founding member of her local historical society and spends much of her time researching local history. This is her thirteenth book and second in the History Press series about abandoned towns in Iowa.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Linda McCann(Author)
  • The History Press; 1st Edition edition (May 27, 2011)
  • English
  • 8
  • History

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  • By Randy Weidman on April 28, 2017

    While you really need to be from this part of Iowa to really enjoy this book, it will bring back a lot of memories. The book also gives a great history of NE Iowa and should be a must read in schools in this part of the state.

  • By Dean Soash on March 7, 2012

    Lost Black Hawk County: Vanished Towns of the Cedar Valley (IA)I have lived close to Black Hawk county all my life so find all the details of the various towns very interesting. The author has taken a great amount of time on each location and in so many cases was able to interview people which always makes history more interesting.

  • By Allaire on February 18, 2012

    "Lost" is inclusive and very well researched. Anyone with a family connection to this county would find this an interesting and valuable resource. Maps and photos are well placed and add to the narrative.

  • By bhreader on February 17, 2012

    Learn the stories behind the small towns and communities in Black Hawk County, Iowa. You might even locate a missing ancestor lurking behind one of the stories.

  • By Karla Wright on September 24, 2017

    I met Linda yesterday, bought her book, and finished reading it today! I am from the Black Hawk County area and "dig" genealogy. I enjoyed reading about the early history and finding the treasured stories that fit into my family's history. Excellent research and writing by the author.

  • By BookGirl on February 16, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I grew up in a neighboring county and reading this brought back lots of memories. There were also a lot of interesting facts that I did not know, which added to my enjoyment. I am into geneology and have always been interested in the history of places I'm familiar with, but even if the reader isn't from the area, there are so many tidbits about life in rural American that the books will be of interest to anyone interested in history.

  • By Steven J. Schell on February 17, 2012

    This book is a genealogical "treasure". I learned so much about the very county in which I live. I had never even heard of some of these places. It was so much fun reading about places and things, such as the Interurban that I remember from growing up here. This book has been very thoroughly researched and even though it is small, it is packed with information. If you are doing genealogical research involving Black Hawk County, this is a must-have book for your personal library.

  • By Denver Public Library on February 15, 2012

    Linda's book "Lost Black Hawk County" is a favorite at our library! It is a great addition to our Iowa collection. The book is filled with fascinating little known facts about the towns that have been a big part of the heritage of our community. We are looking forward to adding more books on the history of towns in other Iowa counties to our library shelves.


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