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When we encounter a name that is new to us, we add it to our Gazetteer - that's the case with Agency City.

This entry has been created as a placeholder - we hope to develop more information in the future.

This entry could be in error. It might be that our source had a mis-print, was simply wrong or we made a transcription error while referencing it. We hope to learn more about Agency City in the future.

We found mention of Agency City as a post office, but can't determine its location - other than being located somewhere in Wapello County, Iowa.

It's common that the post office is named the same as the community in which it's located. In this case, we can't match this post office to any of the communities in our gazetteer.

According to one source, the Agency City post office opened in 1849 and closed in 1883.

Concerning post office names, please consider:

There were no written policies concerning the naming of post offices prior to 1891. The community or a postmaster would propose a name when applying for a post office. The Post Office Department could accept or reject the proposed name - it might even insist upon a name of its own choosing.

The names were usually taken from the community, a township, a railroad stop, a location or feature like a crossroad. In some cases, the post master supplied their own name, that of a family member or even the name of a business.

There are cases where the community's name was rejected and another name had to be picked. In some cases, the application for a post office left the name blank and then the Post Office Department would chose a name of their own.

There are cases where the name of the community and the post office are different. Maybe the name of an established post office was changed because the community or the postmaster requested a new name.

If a large community had more than one post office, they had to have different names. In that same vein, the name of a post office must not conflict or cause confusion with a post office elsewhere.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Agency City ...

We've created the following list to keep track of the sources that proved useful by adding to our knowledge about Agency City:

Found in a comprehensive list of Post Offices that was created by Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<1> From that list, the Agency City post office opened in 1849 and had closed by 1883.

List of Post Offices in the United States (1870)
Published by the Government Printing Office

Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851)
Published by W. & J.C. Greer, Printers

Map from 1860 (unknown title/publisher)

SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Prairies East & Ozarks
Written by: Walker, Mike
Published by Steam Powered Video (SPV), 2004
(Available from

The FIPS database contains an entry for Agency City.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 19/00685   (Place Name: Agency City (RR name for Agency))

County: Wapello     (FIPS State/County: 19/179)

Class: X3

Footnotes ...

<1>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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