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Correctionville in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

How Correctionville Got Its Name!

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 21, 2016
1. How Correctionville Got It's Name! Marker
Inscription. Correctionville — the city with the longest single name in Iowa — was named for the correction line which forms Fifth Street through the heart of the Business District.

Correction lines were used by surveyors in making land divisions. Since the world is round, every land division from north to south cannot be the same size, because the Earth curves toward the top.

To allow for this, east/west correction lines were established, then adjustments were made along those lines to make all land parcels nearly equal in size.

In Correctionville, each North/South street is adjusted at the 5th Street correction line, creating a “Jog.” Our Main “Jog” is at the heart of town (5th and Driftwood) where the three townships of Rock, Kedron and Union meet.
 
Location. 42° 28.492′ N, 95° 47.144′ W. Marker is in Correctionville, Iowa, in Woodbury County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street and Driftwood Street, on the right when traveling east on 5th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Correctionville IA 51016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Built for a Lifetime of Service (approx. 0.2 miles
How Correctionville Got It's Name! Marker Spot image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 21, 2016
2. How Correctionville Got It's Name! Marker Spot
away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Fifth Street is right on one of the east-west correction lines, therefore the jogs on the north-south streets(see map).
 
Also see . . .  Vintage Photographs of Correctionville. (Submitted on March 5, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Correctionville Map Showing the 5th Street “Jogs” image. Click for full size.
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3. Correctionville Map Showing the 5th Street “Jogs”
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 27 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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