The town of Ireton owes its existence to the coming of the railroad. In early 1882, the Toledo & Northwestern was planning a new route across southern Sioux County from Granville to Calliope (now part of Hawarden). Area farmers persuaded them that one of the depot sites should be located in Section 7 of Reading Township, just north of the Pleasant Hill (Methodist) Church built in 1879. In May 1882, the railroad announced that the second depot west of Orange City would be called "Ireton" after English General Henry Ireton.


The Ireton Area Historical Society's collection includes a number of photos of Ireton from the turn of the 20th Century. We hope that you enjoy your tour of that young prairie town.


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