Small towns in Siouxland, Westfield

25 May

Going out for a drive one day I headed north in the Siouxland area and found myself driving some backroads until I ended in Westfield, Iowa. It has just over a 100 people living there. A woman I met while walking around the small community told me the town’s school had closed in 1981 and consolidated with another small town north of of them. She said it was sad to see all the children being bussed to another town, but that it was inevitable. A quiet community when I visited, established in 1856, prior to the American Civil War, according to a metal sign in a park. According to a historical posting online the small town was originally located someplace else as the most western community at the time in Iowa. And the original town vacated during an Indian scare, and then platted again where the current community is now located.

There are a number of small communities dotting the Iowa landscape, which were home to new immigrants looking for a better life in those days. And many of these communities flourished if they were near a railroad line or river that enabled people to travel more easily to that destination. But even now by car, I would guess not many people make a point of visiting Westfield, more likely finding it like myself while taking a drive and happening upon it while cruising a backroad.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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