Seymour, Iowa

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Seymour, Iowa
City
Location of Seymour, Iowa
Location of Seymour, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°40′58″N 93°7′15″W / 40.68278°N 93.12083°W / 40.68278; -93.12083Coordinates: 40°40′58″N 93°7′15″W / 40.68278°N 93.12083°W / 40.68278; -93.12083
Country USA
State  Iowa
County Wayne
Area[1]
 • Total 2.35 sq mi (6.09 km2)
 • Land 2.35 sq mi (6.09 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,060 ft (323 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 701
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 694
 • Density 298.3/sq mi (115.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
ZIP code 52590
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-71760
GNIS feature ID 0461518

Seymour is a city in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. The population was 701 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The first coal mines in Seymour were opened in 1884. In 1902, the Numa Block Coal Company took over these mines.[4] In 1908, "Big Jim", Numa Block number 2 was 1 mile east of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway depot, was the largest coal mine in Appanoose-Wayne Coalfield, able to produce 100,000 tons per year at full capacity. The Mystic coal seam was just over 2 feet thick here, reached by a 202-foot shaft. Numa Block Mine number 3, the Sunshine Mine, was in the southeast part of town, served by the Rock Island, with a 240-foot shaft to the Mystic seam.[5]

In 1884, Local Assembly 3143 of the Knights of Labor, based in Seymour, had 40 members.[6] In 1912, United Mine Workers Local 206 in Seymour had 299 members, approximately 13% of the entire population.[7]

On March 6, 2017 a storm event hit Seymour around 7:00pm CST damaging homes and the High School which had been undergoing a process to pass a bond to renovate the school.[8] As a result of the storm damage school had been closed on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, electricity remained out while Alliant Energy worked to assess the damage and expected to restore power by Tuesday morning.[9]

Geography[edit]

Seymour is located at 40°40′58″N 93°7′15″W / 40.68278°N 93.12083°W / 40.68278; -93.12083 (40.682854, −93.120732).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.35 square miles (6.09 km2), all of it land.[1]

Transportation[edit]

Seymour is served by a county-maintained road which used to be Iowa Highway 55 and is now County Road S60.[11]

Seymour is served by the Canadian Pacific Railway which currently operates the former Milwaukee Railroad tracks.

Seymour was also served by the CRI&P (Rock Island) until the early 1980s. This line passed on the southwest corner of the town square with the depot in this location. This line was abandoned when the Rock Island went bankrupt. It used to be part of the Golden State Route which was a luxury passenger train operated by the Rock Island and the Southern Pacific.[12]

The two railroad lines crossed at the western edge of Seymour and was protected by an interlocking tower until the Rock Island was abandoned.[12]

There had been talk of relaying the track from Allerton to Seymour on the old Rock Island right of way to provide a connection between the CP and the Union Pacific in Allerton. This idea has since been dropped due to the objections of the adjacent landowners.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 501 —    
1890 1,058 +111.2%
1900 1,703 +61.0%
1910 2,290 +34.5%
1920 1,746 −23.8%
1930 1,571 −10.0%
1940 1,539 −2.0%
1950 1,223 −20.5%
1960 1,117 −8.7%
1970 931 −16.7%
1980 1,036 +11.3%
1990 869 −16.1%
2000 810 −6.8%
2010 701 −13.5%
2014 700 −0.1%
2015 696 −0.6%
Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 701 people, 295 households, and 192 families residing in the city. The population density was 298.3 inhabitants per square mile (115.2/km2). There were 348 housing units at an average density of 148.1 per square mile (57.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.4% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 295 households of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 47.1 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 24.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 810 people, 336 households, and 219 families residing in the city. The population density was 344.5 people per square mile (133.1/km2). There were 393 housing units at an average density of 167.1 per square mile (64.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.53% White, 0.37% Native American, 0.99% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

There were 336 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,172, and the median income for a family was $32,692. Males had a median income of $24,531 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,581. About 12.7% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.3% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ James H. Lees, History of Coal Mining in Iowa, Chapter III of Annual Report, 1908, Iowa Geological Survey, 1909, page 540.
  5. ^ Henry Hinds, The Coal Deposits of Iowa, Annual Report, 1908, Iowa Geological Survey, 1909, page 260.
  6. ^ Part III, Labor Organizations: Knights of Labor, First Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the State of Iowa, Geo. E. Roberts, Des Moines, 1885; page 55.
  7. ^ Tally Sheet, Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Convention of the United Mine Workers of America Jan. 16 – Feb. 2, 1912, Indianapolis; Volume 2, page 180A.
  8. ^ Schaffer, Michael. "New Seymour school building?". Daily Iowegian. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  9. ^ CNHI, Kyle Ocker |. "Reports of damage, power outages roll in". Daily Iowegian. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ State of Iowa, Department of Transportation Map
  12. ^ a b Pictorial History of Wayne County, Wayne County Historical Society, Corydon, Iowa
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.