Correctionville in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
How Correctionville Got Its Name!
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Correctionville IA 51016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Built for a Lifetime of Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veteran's Memorial Correctionville's Engine for Growth (approx. 0.6 miles away); Strong, Simple and Economical (approx. 0.6 miles away); Woodbury County Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away); Theobald Subwatershed (approx. 10.1 miles away); Kingsley Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.9 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 Powell, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 29, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 59 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 6, 2016. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 29, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. 3. submitted on March 5, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.