Those Places Thursday: Hedrick, Iowa

My Sanchez-Tereso ancestors lived in an area of Keokuk County, Iowa,  called Hedrick.

The town motto, which welcomes you from the main road, says “Where Friends Meet”.  That may be true, but there sure aren’t many of them!  It is a small town, with about 800 people living there.  My great-great grandparents lived on a farm just north of town – from the 1860’s until she died in 1918.

It was never a very large town, but it had a quaint downtown with gorgeous old buildings.  I saw pictures of parades going down main street from late in the 1890’s.

We drove through town last week, looking for the cemetery where they were buried.

The downtown is now like a ghost town.  The old buildings are still standing, but they are boarded up and neglected.  There are weeds growing through the sidewalks.

undefinedundefinedundefinedThe farms in the area seem to be thriving, but I think that everyone drives to the larger towns to shop and do business.

There are people living in the town.  The post office is open, as is the city hall.  The lady at city hall was really nice and helped me find the cemetery I was looking for.:)

It just makes me so sad to see a town in such a state of decay.  I would love to see someone invest in restoring the old buildings down main street – much the way they do in Savannah, GA.  It would be such a quaint town!

Did any of your ancestors live in what has now become a “ghost town”?

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  • Debbie - May 26, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Great idea for a Those Places Thursday. Next week, I will post my two ghost towns- one is quite near yours in Zero, Iowa.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lee - May 28, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Looks like people are living in some of these old buildings, no? I love old buildings! I sweat I can feel their stories & their aches & pains…just want to fix them up…restore them :DReplyCancel

  • Eric - January 19, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    I’ve lived in Hedrick for a little over ten years now not very many people hear but people do live in those “old buildings” the bank and one of my friend own the old locker/food store but the roof fell in needs a fixin and that’s my ran on sentence.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - January 19, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    Eric – thanks for the comment! Glad to hear from someone that still lives there. I was so sad to see that the downtown was so deserted, but it’s like that in many small towns these days. It could be so quaint if it was fixed up a bit. :)ReplyCancel

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