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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


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