Corydon, Iowa

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Corydon is a city in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,591 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County[1].

Corydon is the hometown of Olympic gold medalist George Saling. Saling won the 110 meter hurdles in the 1932 Los Angeles games with a time of 14.6 seconds.[1]. The city's sports complex bears the name Saling Field and the annual George Saling Race is a part of the community's Old Settler's Celebration held the second weekend in August.

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Geography

Corydon is located at 40°45′33″N 93°19′4″W / 40.75917°N 93.31778°W / 40.75917; -93.31778 (40.759058, -93.317758).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.

Transportation

Corydon is served by Iowa Highways 2 and 14 which make up the southern, eastern and northeastern portion of the town square.

Rail service through Corydon is provided by the Union Pacific Railroad. Since the Union Pacific merged with the Chicago and North Western Railway (C&NW) in 1995, there has been a considerable increase in rail traffic on the line. The line was originally the Rock Island's Short line from Allerton to Minneapolis. After the Rock Island ceased operations, its main track between Kansas City and Allerton was combined with the Short Line to form C&NW's "Spine Line" between Kansas City and Minneapolis and that designation has been retained by Union Pacific. The Rock Island depot was removed in the late 1950's with passenger service provided through Allerton, 6 miles to the southwest until about 1970.

Corydon was also served by the CB&Q Railroad. The line originally was the Keokuk & Western line from Humeston in the northwest part of Wayne County through Corydon, Promise City, Centerville and into northeastern Missouri. It then became part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad The line was abandoned between Corydon and Centerville in 1958. The line was completely abandoned from Corydon to Humeston in the early 1970s. Depot service was maintained until abandonment - the last few years by a mobile depot that serviced Humeston, Mt. Ayr, Corydon, and Leon on set days of the week. The CB&Q and Rock Island depots in Corydon were just 1/4 mile apart, with the RI depot being on Depot Street at the end of Greeley Street. The Burlington depot still exists as a warehouse.[3]

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