Don’t Blink Driving through Siouxland’s Small Towns, Moneta

11 Jul

A few weeks ago I was driving in the northern part of Siouxland headed toward Iowa’s lake region when I saw the sign for Moneta, Iowa. Doing a search online does not yield many results with much information. The wikipedia entry says the small community in O’Brien County is unincorporated. I saw the sign and decided I would check it out. I actually drove past the community, shrouded in trees with a few homes scattered about. When I realized I must have passed it by, I turned around and then ventured into the area. At most 3-4 small city blocks. Not square mile Chicago style city blocks. And only gravel roads running through it. Which, in bad weather, is better than dirt roads which muddy up quickly and are hard to navigate.

When I come away from such a place with only a couple of images, and not images that really stand out, I again think of all the small towns throughout the U.S. that thrived at one time and now are slowly disappearing with only the few residents remaining that may know anything about the history of the place.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

2 Responses to “Don’t Blink Driving through Siouxland’s Small Towns, Moneta”

  1. Michelle Osborne April 29, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    I lived in Moneta until 1985- so sad to see it falling apart.

    • jerrymennenga April 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

      Michelle, I am sad that you are seeing your former community in a little different light. Having lived in various places throughout the U.S. for work I find that small communities are having a tough time these days existing. Communities consolidate their schools, some lose places of worship and people, and especially young people, move to larger communities for work and what they view as a better place to live. Trying to find that balance is tough. And many small communities are working to keep people local and I think convince them to commute for work to larger places nearby if possible.


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