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Near Walnut City in Appanoose County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Real Village of Griffinsville

Appanoose Historical Marker

 
 
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By Benjamin M. Snyder, July 5, 2015
1. The Real Village of Griffinsville Marker
Inscription. Underneath Rathbun Lake, where the south branch of the Chariton River ran, lies the remains of most of the village of Griffinsville. At the turn of the century it was a thriving little inland hamlet with several houses, a general store, Barney Herr's Garage, a popular odd fellows hall with uncle A.B. Lowry's harness shop beneath, a telephone exchange, an old stone mill, and Will (Bill) Herr's blacksmith shop. Herr's shop was a popular gathering place where wagon wheels were made, plow shares and tools sharpened, horses shod, and even complete wagons built. Will's shop closed in 1959 after many years of faithful service. A post office was established in 1868 and it closed in 1901. Francis Griffin was the first postmaster and George Teater the last. The village is thought to have been named after the Frank Griffin pioneer family and was sometimes called "old plukum town". The 1915 Appanoose County Plat book shows several buildings present in Griffinsville in section 23 of Independence township.
 
Erected by Sponsored by former residents and neighbors of Griffinsville in memory of the Herr family.
 
Location. 40° 50.45′ N, 93° 0.935′ W. Marker is near Walnut City, Iowa, in Appanoose County. Marker is on Southfork Place
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By Benjamin M. Snyder, July 5, 2015
2. The Real Village of Griffinsville Marker
. Touch for map. Marker is located on Rathbun Lake Southfork Area Marina. Marker is in this post office area: Mystic IA 52574, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Around the World in 91 Hours (approx. 10.4 miles away); Union Soldiers Monument (approx. 10.5 miles away); Centerville Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2015, by Benjamin M. Snyder of Ankeny, Iowa. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2015, by Benjamin M. Snyder of Ankeny, Iowa. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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