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1890 Communities Near Altoona ...

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

If it applies, we indicate whether a community no longer exists and is now historic.<1>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Altoona had a population of 326 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Altoona had a population of 19,503 people.

  • Adelphi
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    • Adelphi lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 61 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Adelphi had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Adelphi have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Ankeny
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    • Ankeny lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Altoona.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 70,068 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ankeny had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ankeny have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Avon
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    • Avon lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Avon had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Avon have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Berwick
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    • Berwick lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Berwick had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berwick have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Bondurant
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    • Bondurant lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Altoona.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,293 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bondurant had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bondurant have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Carlisle
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    • Carlisle lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 329 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,323 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Carlisle had a post office and railroad service
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  • Colfax
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    • Colfax lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the east of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 957 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,050 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Colfax had a post office and railroad service
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  • Des Moines
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    • Des Moines lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50,093 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 212,312 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Des Moines had a post office and railroad service
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  • East Des Moines
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    • East Des Moines lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Des Moines had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Des Moines have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Elkhart
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    • Elkhart lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 29 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 952 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Elkhart had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Ford
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    • Ford lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ford had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ford have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Hastie
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    • Hastie lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hastie had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hastie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Ivy
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    • Ivy lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ivy had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ivy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Levey
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    • Levey lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Levey had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Levey have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Mitchellville
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    • Mitchellville lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 704 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,273 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mitchellville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mitchellville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Oralabor
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    • Oralabor lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oralabor had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oralabor have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Oswalt
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    • Oswalt lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the east of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oswalt had a post office and railroad service
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  • Prairie City
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    • Prairie City lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the east of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 684 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,721 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Prairie City had a post office and railroad service
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  • Rising Sun
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    • Rising Sun lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rising Sun had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rising Sun have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Runnells
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    • Runnells lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 296 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 498 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Runnells had a post office and railroad service
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  • Santiago
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    • Santiago lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Santiago had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santiago have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Saylor
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    • Saylor lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the west of Altoona.
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Saylor had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saylor have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Saylorville
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    • Saylorville lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 169 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Saylorville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saylorville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Valeria
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    • Valeria lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Altoona.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Valeria had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valeria have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Vandalia
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    • Vandalia lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Altoona.
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 254 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Vandalia had a post office and no railroad service
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The official website for Altoona: www.altoona-iowa.com/

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Altoona, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Altoona) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Altoona. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AltoonaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altoona. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6466, Longitude: -93.4773       In this case, the coordinates for Altoona have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

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