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Spotlight on historic sites: Iowaville remembered

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Markers in the Iowaville Cemetery, located about two miles from the town of Eldon in southeast Iowa, commemorate the town that no longer exists, the two dozen Mormon families who once lived there between August 1846 and early 1851, and those who are buried in the cemetery.

One marker was placed to remember the graves of Asahel Smith, brother to Joseph Smith Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth Smith, who died there. Another was placed by descendants of Albert and Tamma Durfee Miner. The Miners stopped in Iowaville to work and earn money to go west. He helped operate a ferry across the river. However, Albert died at that location, leaving a widow and seven young children to go west.