10 Abandoned ghost towns in Iowa, United States – pretty cool & creepy at the same time

David Goran

6. Mount Etna
The pictured schoolhouse is among one of thirteen rural schools in the Corning school district that closed in 1960. source

The pictured schoolhouse is among one of thirteen rural schools in the Corning school district that closed in 1960. source

Mount Etna is a town located somewhat near Lake Icaria. Now practically a ghost town, Mount Etna was once home to a post office, grocery store, and multiple churches. The former one-room schoolhouse is located in the once-bustling community of Mt. Etna in Adams County, Iowa. The schoolhouse is among one of thirteen rural schools in the Corning school district that closed in 1960.

7. Stiles
An old general store in Stiles, Iowa. source

An old general store in Stiles, Iowa. source

Stiles is a ghost town in Davis County. This town is no longer listed on the Iowa map. In 1858, the population of Stiles was one hundred people and the town boasted three stores, a grist mill, a blacksmith shop and sawmill, and two doctors who each had their own drug store.

8. Stanzel
This was more than likely an old store, post office or stagecoach stop (maybe all of the above), located on Highway 92 in Adair County, Iowa between Winterset and Greenfield. source

This was more than likely an old store, post office or stagecoach stop (maybe all of the above), located on Highway 92 in Adair County, Iowa between Winterset and Greenfield. source

What remains of Stanzel is now only a ghost town. There are only a few houses, one church, and one building. The decayed remains of the town can be located on Highway 92 in Adair County, between Winterset and Greenfield.

9. Dublin
this building was built in 1874 and the first floor served as a store from 1904 to 1969. source

A building built in 1874. The first floor served as a store from 1904 to 1969. source

Not much remains of Dublin, Iowa. Once an Odd Fellows Lodge, this building was built in 1874 and the first floor served as a store from 1904 to 1969. The town boasted a blacksmith shop, cheese factory, glass factory, 2 other stores, post office, wagon shop, and its own cornet band.

10. Unique
Unique as seen in 2010. The small metal sign formerly said "Unique, Iowa". source

Unique as seen in 2010. The small metal sign formerly said “Unique, Iowa”. source

Unique, Iowa was a hamlet in Weaver Township, Humboldt County, Iowa, United States. Settlers began building in the area when it was believed that a railroad would pass through the marshland. The town contained a post office from April 1878 until September 1891. It was re-established April 1892 and discontinued permanently January 1902.