Nothing Exotic in Siouxland, Persia

30 Jul

It’s always fun coming across communities with names that is associated with a different visual landscape. I visited Vail, Iowa a year or so ago, and as expected it didn’t look anything like its more famous Coloradan counterpart.

Recently I came upon the town of Persia, Iowa and seeing its name was curious if there were any similarities to 1001 Nights fairytale.

An early Iowa settlement is Persia, Iowa Friday, June 16, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The community has about 300 residents and like most Iowan communities was founded in the the 1880’s when railroads were making a push through the area headed west. Some online searching didn’t help me find the reason for the community’s name, although I stumbled upon another gentleman’s query into the small community sometime in the late 1990’s. He was from Iran and driving cross country and stopped in to ask about the community’s name and its beginning.

A small compact place, I found a few people out and about while in the downtown area before I left and continued my sojourn to Highway 30 and another community I wanted to visit before heading home. So many places and so much history, but sometimes finding it is not always easy.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

2 Responses to “Nothing Exotic in Siouxland, Persia”

  1. Chuck Cooper July 30, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for continuing to reveal “Siouxland,” one of the least known and most beautiful spots in the world!

    • jerrymennenga July 30, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Chuck,

      Thank you for the kind words. Every place is special, just a little more to some than others. Am looking forward to exploring more parts and hope to find some other gems.
      jerry

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