Iowa's 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 21, 2021 9:59am

5 Benjamin Buxton

Buxton, Iowa                                               


The southeast Iowa town of Buxton was founded in 1900 and named for Benjamin Buxton, who helped plan the community and later worked as superintendent of the Consolidation Coal Company. A company town, Buxton was located near 10 mines, had many businesses and recreational opportunities, and was an ahead-of-its-time oasis where black and white Iowans worked together for equal wages and lived in relative harmony. Most locals moved away when the mining business declined in the 1920s, and the town is now considered Iowa’s most famous ghost town.