Located on the east and west banks of the Turkey River, Clermont has historically attracted settlers for both its idyllic setting and its proximity to water. Clermont’s story is revealed here in over 200 vintage photographs that trace the town’s progress from the early days through the late 1920s. Drawn by inexpensive and fertile land, immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Norway came to Clermont because of the new possibilities and opportunities afforded to those living by the river. The building of the brick mill, the cooper mill, and the introduction of the railroad were all major events that resulted in Clermont’s development as a trading center. With informative captions narrating your visual tour, this collection provides an intimate look at the town.
Author Bio: Jane Jurgens has compiled photographs from private collections, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Montauk Historic Site to bring to life the stories and memories that have shaped the town’s unique history. Clermont, Fayette County, Iowa is a valuable historic record that will be treasured by residents and history enthusiasts everywhere.
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