On December 28, 1900, a little over a month after first 100 employees of the Consolidation Coal Company moved from Muchakinock to Buxton, plans were underway for the Twentieth Century Club banquet. Part of those plans were to invite well known people, such as Buxton Superintendent Ben Buxton, Iowa Governor Leslie Shaw, and President McKinley. […]
Romancing the Stone Mansion in Oskaloosa, IA
The words “Bed and Breakfast” instantly bring to mind romantic images of Victorian houses with curlicue trim or stately mansions with manicured lawns. The McNeill Stone Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Oskaloosa, IA, with its statue and wraparound porches, is the latter. But the romance the house imbues extends to the owners themselves. The original […]
Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Built On Inclusion And Equality
In 1900, Consolidation Coal Company established one of the most unique towns in Iowa: Buxton. Spanning 8,600 acres in Monroe County and 1,600 acres in Mahaska County, along with a population that grew to 5,000, Buxton became the largest unincorporated town in Iowa.
Last January, after LOST BUXTON came out, I got the brilliant idea to start a blog – a blog filled with topics that intrigued me about Buxton. Topics other books hadn’t covered extensively. Topics that showed Buxton’s importance today. I’d planned to group all these topics in a series titled, “Beyond Lost Buxton: Exploring History […]
Highlights From 2017
Buxton Family Crest Presented to Rachelle Chase After giving a presentation about Ben Buxton and Buxton, Iowa at the Buxton Family Reunion, I was presented with a framed image of the Buxton Family Crest, hand-illustrated by Barbara Buxton Boisse. Sally Buxton Jones (left) and Barbara Buxton Boisse (right) are cousins of Ben Buxton, the superintendent […]