Fading Communities in Siouxland, Struble

29 May

Driving around backroads of Siouxland, or northwest Iowa, one comes across a number of smaller almost if you blink kind of communities. Small, nondescript, and passing. Recently I stopped in Struble, Iowa. A small community, with some houses and no viable looking businesses on its main street. The only freshly updated entity in the community seems to be its Catholic Church. No judgements. Just an observation. When any nation is first settled and begins its march toward the future, there is always hope of what may be. But then as time passes, it seems some of these communities, like Struble, are passed as well.

A small, quiet looking community that probably provides a nice neighborly atmosphere for its residents, away from larger nearby towns. Many people opt to live in such communities, devoid of all those modern conveniences. But many may have moved to these places to enjoy a quieter life with their families before time passed by, or opportunities for the community as a whole. Some towns grow, others decline, others hold on, possibly fearing that there is no future growth, with young people moving to more vibrant places elsewhere in Iowa or places in the U.S. Then there is only a sense of past, history, until the few residents remaining who are old enough to remember and pass along that history to others before time fades.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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