• Walter Gatlin

10 year race, 2 small towns. Who will win?

I have been keeping an eye on two small towns in Iowa for quite some time.  I have always been fascinated with scarcely populated cities.  Don't ask me why; it is just something that interests me much.  After doing some research years ago on the least populated town in Iowa, I understood that Leroy and Beaconsfield Iowa were now in a tie, according to the 2010 census.

Beaconsfield, founded in 1881, is a city in Ringgold County, Iowa, and Le Roy is a city in Decatur County, Iowa.  Beaconsfield started when the Humeston and Shenandoah Railroad built a train station. In 1881 a town company laid it out as a village. A post office was established in 1882 and closed in 1993.


Le Roy being founded in 1880, following the construction of the Humeston Shenandoah Railroad through the territory.  The city is named for Leroy Buffman, an early settler.


So why the big fuss?  Well, the race ends this year, presumably after the 2020 censuses.  It is going to be nice to see if Beaconsfield regains its title or if Le Roy wins the title of the least populated town in Iowa.

If we end up with another tie, the conspiracy theories will fly.  We here at Media Iowa are hoping for the best.  Oh, and we will keep you posted.


Walter Gatlin

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