Birth Records from the historic integrated coal-mining community of Buxton, Iowa
Established at the start of the 20th century, the small mining town of Buxton, Iowa displayed a degree of racial integration unheard of elsewhere in the nation. Black and white miners worked side by side digging coal in the Monroe County hills; black and white clerks manned the company store; black and white students shared classrooms. Buxton flourished for two decades, but by the 1920s the coal mines played out and residents moved on. Though the town has long been abandoned, the memories, heritage, and ideals of Buxton live on. A treasure for genealogists, BUXTON BRANCHES lists all recorded births in the community of Buxton.
LeeAnn Simmers Dickey started researching her own family tree, then branched out to use her genealogical skills for others. Her search for the families of Buxton, Iowa, an integrated coal-mining community in Monroe County, Iowa, led her to assemble the most complete set of Buxton records in existence, documenting the residents of Buxton through marriage records, censuses, cemetery lists, and photographs. Her interests include country cemeteries and southeastern Iowa’s history.