Loess Hills, Indian occupation, exploration, frontier settlement, community building, western Iowa
Despite the unique Loess Hills topography, Anglo-European settlement in the Loess Hills followed a well-established pattern developed over two-hundred years of previous frontier experience. Early explorers and Indian traders first penetrated the wilderness. Then the pressure of white settlement caused the government to make treaties with and remove Indian tribes, thus opening a region for settlement. Settlers arrived and purchased land through a sixty-year-old government procedure and a territorial government provided the necessary legal structure for the occupants. Pioneers selected farmland near water and timber, practiced proven frontier agricultural methods, and built towns based on patterns developed during earlier frontier experiences. Technological changes tempered this experience in Iowa.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1986 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Bonney, Margaret Atherton
"Frontier Settlement and Community Building on Western Iowa's Loess Hills,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 93(3), 86-93.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol93/iss3/5