Near Osceola in Clarke County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Utopian Experiments in Southern Iowa
Led by Ladislaus Ujhazy, a group of Hungarian refugees from the Revolutions of 1848 settled in Decatur County in 1850 and founded the town of New Buda. After experiencing economic difficulties, most of these people moved to Texas in 1853.
In 1851, people from near Farmington formed a communal association called the Hopewell Colony. They moved to Clarke County later that year, and founded the town of Hopeville. Although the communal nature of the colony soon changed, the village survived and for several decades was a thriving community. It is the only one of these southern Iowa utopian experiments whose remnants lasted into the 20th century.
Erected 1976 by the Iowa State Historical Department Division of the State Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Iowa, State Historical Society of marker series.
Location. 41° 0.807′ N, 93° 47.829′ W. Marker is near Osceola, Iowa, in Clarke County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 35 one mile south of U.S. 34, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is at a rest stop just past mile marker 33. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola IA 50213, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Mormon Trail (here, next to this marker).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.