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Miscellaneous References and Mentions

While our initial data about West Branch came from various goverment sources (GNIS, US Census, FIPS), we also found mention of West Branch in various books, maps and other sources. When we find a mention, a fact or snippet, we add that information to our Gazetter.

We've created the following list to keep track of the sources that proved useful in adding to our knowledge about West Branch. We hope that they will be useful to you.

West Branch is contained in a comprehensive list of Post Offices that was created by Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<1>

From that list:

The West Branch post office opened in 1854.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

A note taken from the Shipper's Guide for West Branch:
Services available in 1895: had a Post Office, a Railroad Station, a Express Office

Iowa State Gazetteers
Written by: Hair, James T.
Published by Bailey & Hair
(Available from

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

Rand McNally Map of Iowa (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Shell Oil Road Map for Iowa (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We found West Branch in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for West Branch for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Branch. See our Misc Page for West Branch for more information.

The official website for West Branch:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

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


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