part of the Merrill
Iowa web site is here to show you things about our history. "at the heart of Plymouth county Iowa" "There used to be 60 trains a
day through here." ChurchSchoolBusinessGovernmentHome
S.H. Bowman Lumber Co. float carrying
Band (1945 photo)
Iowa hasn't always been
here. Neither has Plymouth County. First came the United States of America.
whole area used to be a prairie.
That means, if you did live here, and you took a walk, all you would
see for miles would be tall grass and wild flowers.
That is if you could see over the grass. There are many
here in Merrill, of the grass being so tall that riders could tie it in
a knot across the backs of their horses. During those years Plains
were the two main
lifestyles in Iowa.
Indians had to
roam vast prairies following buffalo
herds in the summer for their food and clothing. Life for
here around Merrill, during the hunt, was a survival campout.