CALEDONIA, RINGGOLD COUNTY, IOWA
Tragically, all that remains of Caledonia are a few signs designating locations of some of the town's sites. There is a
lone house and a few outbuildings standing in testament of what the pioneers saw among the rolling hills and seemingly
endless prairie. A place where kids grew up, fell in love, married, raised a family, and died; their hearts and souls firmly embracing
the rich and fertile soil of a land called "Iowa."
CALEDONIA TOWN SITE SIGN
Caledonia, since 1855; Peak Pop. 270. For over 80 years Caledonia was an important community and trading center. Serving
the area were two churches (Methodist and Baptist), a school, a doctor, a hotel, an I.O.O.F. Lodge, and a post office.
There were also general and furniture stores, blacksmith and harness shops, and more. Times have changed. Now only the
memories remain of the sturdy folks who lived here. They served God and their fellow man. -Ringgold County Historical Society.
The Caledonia Store Site. The first store here was owned and operated by General S. MOORE. In 1933 the outlaws
Bonnie and Clyde stopped here for supplies.
Site of "Foster House" a Caledonia hotel operated by Lexington FOSTER
Site of Caledonia Office and Residence of
"Doc" REYNOLDS Pioneer Physician and Surgeon
Caledonia First Baptist Church and I.O.O.F. Lodge 293 Located 1/8 Mi. West
Site of Caledonia Methodist Church, 1872-1972
Site of Caledonia School
Caledonia School, circa 1892
Photographs by Sharon R. Becker, May 22, 2009
Submitted by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009