Dallas County (Images of America hardcover book)
Item Code: DARCY106
This new hardcover, illustrated book is the first in-depth, non-fiction history of Dallas County, Iowa, in nearly 80 years! No Iowa county has influenced American history more than Dallas County. It propelled Harry Truman to an unlikely victory in the 1948 presidential campaign, following a fiery speech he delivered to 100,000 farmers on a sweltering September day at the National Plowing Match near Dexter.
Just 15 years earlier, a shoot-out near Dexfield Park marked the beginning of the end for infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde and the notorious Barrow Gang.
Dallas County, located just west of Des Moines, has produced several major-league baseball players (among them Bob Feller and Hal Manders), a US congressman (David Young), and Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and University of Iowa football legend whose grandfather George Clarke, of Adel, served as Iowa's governor from 1913 to 1917.
Today, Dallas County is one of the fastest-growing counties in America and remains a region of opportunity with a rich heritage of small-town living, farming, coal mining, and the immigrant experience. This 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is filled with intriguing black-and-white, vintage photos on nearly every page, along with stories from Adel, Perry, Waukee, Granger, Woodward, Dexter, Linden, Minburn, Dawson, Dallas Center, Van Meter, Redfield, Bouton, surrounding rural areas and ghost towns. Darcy will be happy to sign each copy of Dallas County you order here!
- Series: Images of America
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 4, 2017)
1. Adel: Dallas County's First Town2. Redfield: A Crossroads of Local History3. Dexter: The Original One-Horse Town4. Dallas Center: Nurtured by Banking and Agriculture5. Van Meter: Baseball, a Mystery and More6. Perry: Northern Dallas County's Largest Town7. Waukee: The Key to Good Living8. Woodward and Granger: Growing Along Highway 1419. Tiny Towns and Ghost Towns: Memories Live On10. A Posse to a President: How Harry Truman, Bonnie and Clyde, and Dallas County Changed American History
Here's a quick list of highlights that make this Dallas County book unique:
1. Many of the images have been donated from private collections.
2. In the early 20th century, Dallas County was one of the biggest coal-mining areas of Iowa. Much of this history, from Waukee to Woodward, is shared in this new Dallas County book.
Here are some reviews of Dallas County that have been shared online:
"Such a delightful history! Who knew that Dallas County, Iowa, has an elephant graveyard? And that a winged monster terrorized one town repeatedly before disappearing. I didn't, even though I have decades of history with several Dallas County towns. Dallas County is famous for a shoot-out with the Barrow Gang (Bonnie and Clyde), athletes Nile Kinnick and Bob Feller, President Truman's 1948 speech to 100,000 farm families, one of the first amusement parks in the state, the Underground Railroad, and more. This enjoyable slim volume includes succinct histories of those towns, as well as dozens of historic pictures are accompanied by a pithy nuggets of information." -- Joy Neal Kidney, West Des Moines, Iowa