Guthrie County Historical Village

Guthrie County Historical Village

Local History

In 1855, James Moore and Jonathan J. Morris laid a town in Jackson township with the name of Fairview. Once it was realized that name was already used for another town in the state, the name was changed to Morrisburgh in 1856. J.J. Morris built the first dwelling - a log house of hewn logs. By 1870, saloons were plentiful and business of all kinds was excellent but the first stroke of bad luck was made when the RR superceded the stage lines, and after the disastrous tornado of 1871, the town rapidly went to pieces. Some moved what remained of the town to Dale City while others tore down their buildings and moved on. Thus was the sad end of Morrisburgh. You can still view the church and the cemetery along P-28 between Stuart and Panora.

GCHV:  phone 641.755.2989  |  email gchv@netins.net  |  206 W South St—Panora, IA  50216

GUTHRIE COUNTY HISTORICAL VILLAGE