Kansan donates rare Iowa historical atlas to Dallas County

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Arthur C. Crowl of Salina, Kan., left, recently donated a copy of the 1875 book, "An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa," to the office of Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart, who accepted the donation.

Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart is the custodian of records for Dallas County, but sometimes county historical records turn up in the most out of the way places.

Airhart recently shared an example with the board of supervisors with a copy of the 1875 “An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa” by A. T. Andreas. The volume was recently donated by Arthur C. Crowl of Salina, Kan., who told Airhart he found the old tome in his great uncle’s attic and saved it from the dust bin.



“The¬†book is beautifully illustrated with depictions of life in Dallas County in 1875,” Airhart told the supervisors, encouraging them to stop by his office and take a look at the old book.

A page from the Dallas County chapter of A. T. Andreas’ 1875 “An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa” shows the Dallas County seat.

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