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'Marcus, A Remarkable Town'

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Cherokee Sanford Museum will be holding a special program called "Marcus, A Remarkable Town" on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Nancy Hier of Marcus will be presenting the program.

The history of this Cherokee County town is rich. Cherokee railroad icon John Insley Blair shooed away the prairie chickens, drove a stake in the sod, and named the location for his son, Marcus.

It was May of 1869. The Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad was coursing its way through the prairie and it wasn't until the following fall that a tiny depot graced the horizon.

Two lonely years lapsed before the first domicile was constructed and the town platted. However, northwest of said stake, in that May of 1869, W.E. Rose took up a homestead claim and enjoyed the unafraid deer and elk following him as he worked the land.

A St. Bernard dog helped fend off the wolves at night. The following October, the brothers P. Adam and John Dorr homesteaded 80 acres southwest of the future town. Sod provided their first shelter, and later a wooden structure was covered with tar paper -- the covering to be consumed by grasshoppers in the mid '1870's.

Thus Hier describes the infancy of the area labeled Marcus. Come hear the rest of the story.

This program is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information call the museum at 225-3922.

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