Siouxland Flyover Country, Milford

5 May

It’s probably true for many people that Siouxland and the area it encompasses is thought of as flyover country by “those” people who don’t think much of, or don’t think of, the rest of the U.S. except for the area “they” are from. Generally people from the East and West coasts believe that those people living in-between the two areas are from another planet, although I would guess those folk don’t give the ones between much thought. And it might be the same for people living in “larger” communities in Iowa to think of those living in small communities, like Milford, Iowa, even though it has a population of 2,954 and is ranked as the 118th city by size in the state out of 1,007 cities. So for those “other” people from larger or large cities in the state, Milford and similar communities are probably thought as drive through places. Somewhere in the way of another destination where a driver has to slow down to pass through if one has to use state highways rather than an interstate when driving.

But small communities are interesting and fun places to visit. The charm of the small town is still there, alive and well, thank you, and letting the rush of the “greater world” go by, instead, enjoying the simpler pleasures more than the constant getting to the next destination or finishing the next project done. Even though the same is true of those living in smaller communities. But it also true that these small mostly unsung communities number in the thousands and were proponents of growth in the 20th Century and helped create this nation. And though the trend is for people to migrate tho larger cities, these small communities still thrive.

I passed through Milford on the way to the Iowa Lakes Region a few weeks ago. Found a very nice coffee shop on the main thorough fare and stopped to get directions and a refill on my caffeine intake. I didn’t take the time to explore the community thoroughly that day, but did wander about a bit and saw the bustle of a small town going about its business yet still savoring what makes it a community worth living in.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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