Seymour, Iowa

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Seymour is a city in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. The population was 810 at the 2000 census.

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History

The first coal mines in Seymour were opened in 1884. In 1902, the Numa Numa Block Coal Company took over these mines.[1] In 1908, "Big Jim", Numa Block number 2 was 1 mile east of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway depot, was the largest coal mine in Appanoose-Wayne Coalfield, able to produce 100,000 tons per year at full capacity. The Mystic coal seam was just over 2 feet thick here, reached by a 202 foot shaft. Numa Block Mine number 3, the Sunshine Mine, was in the southeast part of town, served by the Rock Island, with a 240 foot shaft to the Mystic seam.[2]

Geography

Seymour is located at 40°40′58″N 93°7′15″W / 40.68278°N 93.12083°W / 40.68278; -93.12083 (40.682854, -93.120732)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land.

Transportation

Seymour is served by a county-maintained road which used to be Iowa Highway 55 and is now County Road S60.

Seymour is served by the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad (IC&E) which currently operates the former Milwaukee Railroad tracks.

Seymour was also served by the CRI&P (Rock Island) until the early 1980s. This line passed on the southwest corner of the town square with the depot in this location. This line was abandoned when the Rock Island went bankrupt. It used to be part of the Golden State Route which was a luxury passenger train operated by the Rock Island and the Southern Pacific.

The two railroad lines crossed at the western edge of Seymour and was protected by an interlocking tower until the Rock Island was abandoned.

There had been talk of relaying the track from Allerton to Seymour on the old Rock Island right of way to provide a connection between the IC&E and the Union Pacific. This idea has since been dropped due to the objections of the adjacent landowners.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 810 people, 336 households, and 219 families residing in the city. The population density was 344.5 people per square mile (133.1/km²). There were 393 housing units at an average density of 167.1/sq mi (64.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.53% White, 0.37% Native American, 0.99% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

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