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Herrold a Iowa Ghost Town

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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #1 by idigdsm
Herrold a Iowa Ghost Town was created by idigdsm
I have been doing some reserch on a little place called Herrold. It is a old town located on Camp Dodge, a Military instalation located near Des Moines. Off limits to the general public, I am lucky to have access because I work on the camp. there are several buildings including the old schoolhouse still standing. also several old farm houses. Below is a article that was in our local paper with a little bit of the towns history. WISH ME LUCK!

Karen Hanley wrote:
> This is from an article in the Des Moines Register last year:
>
> Camp Dodge captured Herrold
> SARA SLEYSTER REGISTER STAFF WRITER
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> June 21, 2006
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> Once a town bustling with people, industry and schools, Herrold is now an
> abandoned and restricted plot of land with only the memories of former
> residents keeping it alive.
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> The triangle-shaped town of Herrold was founded about 1915 in Jefferson
> Township. The community was named for farmer Joseph Herrold and his family,
> who had moved to the area a decade before. Their legacy ended in 1990 when
> the town was purchased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and enveloped by
> the Iowa National Guard's Camp Dodge.
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> Michael Vogt, curator of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge,
> said the camp surrounded the town when it expanded for World War I. Soldiers
> used the drugstores, theater, post office and other shops in the town. The
> interurban railroad also ran through Herrold during that time, to and from
> Perry and Des Moines.
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> "It was a real economic boom to the economy," Vogt said. "They had lots of
> business there."
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> An advertisement in the July 31, 1911, edition of the Des Moines Evening
> Tribune boasted that the Herrold Spring Water Company had the most sanitary
> water in the state. There even was talk of a health resort planned near the
> mineral water springs north of Herrold.
>
> But by 1954 there were articles citing the death of the Herrold School by
> consolidation, and in 1986 a story spoke of only seven families left in
> town. When Camp Dodge expanded its rifle range, the remaining townsfolk were
> relocated and Herrold melted away.
>
> Few buildings remain in what once was Herrold. They now are used by guard
> members training in urban-warfare techniques.
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7 years 3 months ago #2 by rtrimflyer
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