Uploaded May 9, 2016 by rochellewisoff

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

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  • This is a shot of the interior of the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Amtrak station. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad built the pressed brick depot in 1912. The contractors were Whitney & Bergdahl (J. Louis Whitney and K.A. Bergdahl), who were prominent Mt. Pleasant builders at that time.

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  • Settled in the spring of 1833, Mt. Pleasant was long known as the ‘Athens of Iowa’ for its emphasis on education. Iowa Wesleyan College, the oldest college west of the Mississippi River, was founded in 1842. Arabella Bobb Mansfield, an Iowa Wesleyan graduate, was the first woman to pass the bar exam in the United States in 1869. Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding towns which comprise Henry County were known for their leadership in human rights during the Civil War. This area was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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