The Inspiration Behind ‘Lost Buxton’

Buxton: View from the Water Tower

My first glimpse of what remained of Buxton, Iowa came in 2008. Standing in the middle of farmland, gazing at the crumbling ruins of a stone warehouse, I closed my eyes and tried to picture the amazing town that once was – a thriving coal mining town established in 1900 that was integrated, its 5,000 residents, of which 55% were African American, living and working side by side.

I tried to see the company store, filled with quality goods brought by rail from Chicago, New York … Continue reading at

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