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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Platting a Homestead

§161. – Platting Homestead before sale.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Iowa Chronology

Iowa Chronology

1673 – Iowa, first seen, Mississippi explored, taken by France.
1762 – Louisiana, including Iowa, ceded by France to Spain.
1788 – Julian Du Buque mined lead with Indians.
1799 – Jean Faribault traded with Indians near present state capital.
1800 – Louisiana ceded to France from Spain by secret treaty.
1803 – U. S. bought Louisiana from Napoleon, 15,000,000.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


A homestead is the house used as a home by owner, –if within the town plat, it must not exceed one-half acre, otherwise must not contain in aggregate more than forty acres. (10135)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Iowa population through the years

 Iowa's population through the years:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Historic Markers in Iowa

Some Historic Markers in Iowa, Compiled by Susie Webb Wright, Published at Iowa City in 1943 by the State Historical Society of Iowa-