Ivanhoe, Iowa

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Ivanhoe, Iowa
Ivanhoe, Iowa is located in Iowa
Ivanhoe, Iowa
Ivanhoe, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°53′00″N 91°27′45″W / 41.88333°N 91.46250°W / 41.88333; -91.46250Coordinates: 41°53′00″N 91°27′45″W / 41.88333°N 91.46250°W / 41.88333; -91.46250
CountryUnited States
Laid out1838
Founded byAnton Cowles

Ivanhoe was a town in Franklin Township, Linn County, Iowa.[1] It was founded by early Iowa settlers, and laid out as a town by Anton Cowles at the intersection of the Old Military Road and the Red Cedar River.[2] It was laid out in 1838 and surveyed in 1841. Ivanhoe was never platted, though it did have its own post office from 1845–49.[1] Unlike other towns founded around that time on the Old Military Road, Ivanhoe faded away; many of its residents relocated to Mount Vernon, Cedar Rapids, or Marion.[2] The February 1921 edition of The Palimpsest describes the area as having been "a refuge for horse thieves and dealers in counterfeit money", though it is unclear if that was during the time that the town existed or afterwards.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Linn County Place Names - Past and Present". IAGenWeb Project. 2005. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Briggs, John Ely (February 1921). Parish, John Carl, ed. "Along the Old Military Road". The Palimpsest. Iowa City, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa. II (2): 49–52. ISSN 0031-0360. LCCN 22022850. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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