- Describe the types of buildings and structures in this photo.
- What can you infer about life in Buxton based on what you see here?
This “Panoramic View of Buxton, Iowa” was photographed in 1910. The image shows two water towers, a few two-story buildings, dozens of identical houses, along with streets of the town. Since Buxton was designed and built by the Consolidation Coal Company to be a central community where workers could live and then travel by passenger train to work in the various coal mines in the area, it was a town that was built rather quickly. For many Buxton citizens, the living conditions and recreational opportunities in Buxton were a significant improvement from the sharecropping they had left behind.