Country Facts and Folklore
By Andy Reddick


I have found a much more complete listing of the population figures for Van Buren villages in the 1895 U. S. Atlas, written and copyrighted by Rand McNally in 1895.

Although it doesn’t say so, the population figures are from the US Census of 1890, except for the village of Lebanon* which was 28 in 1890 but appears as 35 on the list. For comparison values, here are the available figures from the atlas for 1890 and from the Iowa State Census of 1895.

For some reason Douds Station is given a population in the atlas but Leando, Long View, McVeigh, Selma, Stockport, Willits and Wilson are listed as villages without a population figure given. It should be noted that according to the atlas, Leando had a post office, no railroad; Long View had a depot, no post office; McVeigh, Selma, Willits and Wilson each had a post office and depot. Keosauqua had absorbed the suburbs of Pleasant Hill and South Keosauqua between the census tabulations (c.1893.)

It should also be noted that 1890 population figures are not easy to come by, since most of the US Census Records for that year were destroyed by fire. Most of the information available from that census are a result of tabulation sheets taken from the census figures by other agencies.

Population of Van Buren Villages

                    1890     1895

Bentonsport          283     270

Birmingham           545     629

Bonaparte            762     923

Cantril              356     350

Douds Station        154

Farmington          1002    1296

Keosauqua            831    1263

Kilbourne             69


Lebanon               35*

Long View


Milton               643     731

Mt. Sterling         152

Mt. Zion              16

Pierceville          122

Pittsburg             99



Utica                 65

Vernon               249



Wilsonville          214

Winchester           217

(Information shown for 1890 is from the 1895 US Atlas by Rand McNally)

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Contributed to the Van Buren Co. IAGenWeb Project by Andy Reddick