Names marked with an asterix (*) on this and the following pages note those locations that have little or any history, or information written about them. I would have to research those that are without information, if you should request it (such as who founded the town, what it was named after,it's origins, etc. etc.). Most sites have at least SOMETHING written about them, but there are a few here that are totally without explanation. Excluded from this list are legal descriptions, housing tracts, real estate developments, and anything else that one would probably only know if you glanced at a real estate abstract.
They would be too numerous, and are constantly changing and amended. I consider a real estate developement an artificial creation, or a business venture, and have not included them in this site, simply because they were never intended to be seperate from an incorporated area. I can prove the validity of every
site mentioned on these pages, by maps or newspaper articles I have found them in.
Keep in mind that the following locations can fall under the following categories:
1) Actual cities and towns that survive to this day, and can be found on current maps
2) Archaic names for towns and neighborhoods that have been absorbed into larger towns
3) Pioneer towns and villages that were eventually abandoned as settlements.
4) Towns that were platted, but never became a reality.
5) Railroad and interurban stations that existed as designations only, and not real towns.
6) Coal mining communities and post offices that never consisted of more than a few houses.
7) Neighborhoods and communities that never organised into towns.
8) Place names and landmarks that never boasted a populace.
In 1857 the Iowa State legislature combined East Fort Des Moines, Demoine, South Fort Des Moines,
Fort Des Moines and West Fort Des Moines and all the additions to each town into one city and renaming it Des Moines.
Again in 1889 the Iowa State Legislature combined the following cities into a unified metropolitan
city called Des Moines, for a single more efficient governing body:
Des Moines, Clifton Heights, Greenwood, University Place, North Des Moines, Chesterfield, Gilbert, Sevastopal, Grant Park , Easton Place and Capitol Park