While anxiously awaiting Netflix’s release of “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madame C.J. Walker,” the question popped into my head, “Had Madam C.J. Walker ever visited Buxton, Iowa?” The question was a plausible one. People—especially African Americans—beyond Iowa had heard of this amazing town. Buxton was a coal mining town of 5,000 residents […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]