Visiting History in Siouxland, Correctionville

1 Mar

Sometimes it’s easy to pass history by when one is in a hurry getting from Point A to Point B. The Midwest is occasionally referred to as Flyover Country by those living on either coast. And for a person traveling by car, the same is true. Recently driving through Correctionville I took the time to stop and walk about. One thing I discovered is that the small town is named after a land marking convention.

The city of Correctionville, Iowa, received its name for the land division that takes place within its city limits, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Incorporated in 1855, a landmark to honor how the city of Correctionville, Iowa, received its name, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I also found a former bank building that was established in 1892 and now housing a local museum. And again, a grain elevator is one of the main downtown businesses that thrive in smaller Iowa communities. It is an agricultural state and most small towns have one elevator for the local farmers.

A former bank building established in 1892, and now a museum in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A closed store in the downtown area of Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I came across a former Mobil Oil company gas station. Growing up I can sightly remember seeing such stations in TV advertisements and in print magazines the 1950’s and ’60’s.  A now faded commemorative plaque talks about cross-country travel, mostly done then by people in automobiles. And prior to the major interstates that now criss cross the country, these small town stations provided easy access to refueling and helped to spur the local economies.

Now a bait and tackle shop, a former stone gas station finds a new purpose, like many former businesses in small communities like Correctionville, Iowa, went through changes, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A faded sign commemorating cross-country travel near a former gas station in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Many communities have seen their communities change with residents and businesses also fading. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But a gem I came across is a former school house built in 1881 and now for many years housing the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and a veteran’s meeting hall. For the most part, small towns commemorate a lot from their past as the future remains unsure since young people tend to move to larger communities where they can find employment and more opportunity and history recedes in the smaller towns and futures are lived large in metro areas.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A former school building operating since 1881 and now a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and veterans building in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A former school, now the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and Vets center in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

 

2 Responses to “Visiting History in Siouxland, Correctionville”

  1. Becky March 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    Jerry,

    I really admire your appreciation of the small communities that are dotted throughout your part of the Midwest. Like each and every individual, there is a uniqueness and beauty there….many times just needing to be unearthed and uncovered. Thanks for taking time to identify those places that hold hidden gems.

    • jerrymennenga March 1, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

      Becky,

      Thank you. I really enjoy finding these places and exploring them. I appreciate the kind words and flad you enjoy these little side trips. some day I want to explore a litle farther from home, but for the time being, it’s all good.

      jerry

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