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Fred Hammond driving S.H. Bowman Lumber Co. float carrying Merrill City Band (1945 photo)
S.H. Bowman Lumber Co. float carrying Merrill City Band (1945 photo)

Merrill Iowa is in the middle of the United States of America.  The whole area around Merrill used to be prairie.  That means, if you did live here, and you took a walk during summer, all you would see for miles would be grass and wild flowers. That is if you could see over the tall grass. There were many accounts, here in Merrill, that a rider could tie the grass in knots across a horses' back.  During those years, two tribes called Plains and Woodland people were the main lifestyles in Iowa.
The Plains people roamed the vast prairies following buffalo herds in the summer for their main food (meat) and leather for clothing. Life for them, here around Merrill during the hunt, was a survival campout.

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