Bradgate, Iowa

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Bradgate is a town in Humboldt County, Iowa, United States. The population was 101 at the 2000 census. On May 21, 2004, the town was almost completely destroyed by a tornado. It is twinned with Newtown Linford near Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, England.

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History

Bradgate was platted by the Western Town Lot Company in 1882.[1] The post office was established April 7, 1882.[2]

Points of interest

The Three Rivers Bike Trail, constructed on an abandoned railroad grade, passes through town. One of its interesting features is its crossing over the scenic West Fork of the Des Moines River on the town's west edge. The "Three Rivers" refers to both the East and West Forks of the Des Moines River and to the Boone River, all of which it spans.

One of the natural beauty spots is Avery’s Hill, located just to the west of town above the West Fork of the Des Moines River. Named after O. F. Avery, the area’s first settler, the hill is a haven for nature and wildlife. In the 1920s, an effort was unsuccessfully made to make Avery’s Hill into a park. In 1976, after private ownership of the land had changed hands, an effort was successfully made to prevent further tilling and destruction of the scenic area.

The hill was the site of a significant event in Iowa history. The last battle between two American Indian tribes in Iowa was fought on this hill in 1854 between the Sioux and the Winnebago.

Geography

Bradgate is located at 42°48′12″N 94°25′13″W / 42.80333°N 94.42028°W / 42.80333; -94.42028 (42.803434, -94.420405)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 101 people, 48 households, and 30 families residing in the town. The population density was 291.1 people per square mile (111.4/km²). There were 54 housing units at an average density of 155.6/sq mi (59.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

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