Forgotten Small Towns in Siouxland, Arcola, rural Monona County

10 Nov
Arcola was an early town in rural Monona County, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. A historical reference states there was a post office there in Kenebee Township from 1861- 1887. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

History is a funny thing. Some things are never forgotten, and then others are never remembered but for sign posts. In Siouxland apparently as well as other places in Iowa there are a number of early towns of which little is known.

Arcola was an early town in rural Monona County, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. A historical reference states there was a post office there in Kenebee Township from 1861- 1887. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A hillside near where Arcola was situated, an early town in rural Monona County, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. A historical reference states there was a post office there in Kenebee Township from 1861- 1887. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The only reference I could find doing a little searching online is that once a post office was in a township where Arcola was located from 1861-1187. The town came in to existence prior to the start of the Civil War and lasted for a short bit after the war between the states.

The countryside around the posted sign is hilly, part of the Loess Hills region in western Iowa and only happenstance while driving by allowed me to even catch sight of the sign. Now the area is wooded, with some surrounding farmland and a winding road that drifts off like a trail may have in those days when the state was in its infancy.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Arcola was an early town in rural Monona County, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. A historical reference states there was a post office there in Kenebee Township from 1861- 1887. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “Forgotten Small Towns in Siouxland, Arcola, rural Monona County”

  1. Washe Koda November 10, 2020 at 8:25 am #

    Is that wear some of the Union solders enlisted?

    • jerrymennenga November 10, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      Will,

      I have no idea. I could not find a lot of information online. Just a word about the post office. Seems time has erased all but a scant memory of this place. jerry

      • Washe Koda November 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

        Jerry: My hometown Anoka, Minnesota claimed the first enlistment and I thought I remembered Arcola, Iowa too from history class yrs ago. I graduated below average in my class however I remember some things others have long forgotten❗️ ~Will

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