Beaconsfield, Iowa

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Beaconsfield is a city in Ringgold County, Iowa, United States. The town was incorporated on January 18, 1990. [1] The population was 11 at the 2000 census, and has the infamous fact of being the smallest populated town in Iowa.

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History

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.[2]

The community was named for Lord Beaconsfield of England. [3] [2]

The Beaconsfield Supply Store is on the National Register of Historic Places

The beginning of the Hy-Vee grocery chain was started by Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg, when they opened a general store in Beaconsfield, Iowa, in 1930.

On May 23, 1981 a tornado touched down southwest of Beaconsfield for 15.9 miles. It was a category F2 tornado

Geography

Beaconsfield is located at 40°48′29″N 94°3′2″W / 40.80806°N 94.05056°W / 40.80806; -94.05056 (40.807958, -94.050634)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

The elevation of Beaconsfield is 1210 feet above sea level. [1]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11 people, 7 households, and 3 families residing in the city. The population density was 15.2 people per square mile (5.9/km²). There were 13 housing units at an average density of 18.0/sq mi (7.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

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