Documenting Iowa towns

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KIMT News 3 – An Iowa archaeologist has spent the past 7 years documenting small Iowa towns with photographs.

Bill Whittaker with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist has compiled more than 7,204 photos of well over 200 towns.

He says one of the reason he started the archive was because he noticed a lot of small towns were slowly fading away, and he wanted to highlight what is left in the communities.

“I wanted to preserve what was there, sort of also highlight what’s going on in these towns. There’s a lot of pretty major economic forces that are destroying these towns, the biggest one is rural de-populations,” explains Whittaker.

The photos have been archived on the University of Iowa’s Digital Library. To check out the collection, follow the link below.

http://archaeology.uiowa.edu/photographic-record-iowa-towns

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