Allendorf, an unincorporated town in Osceola County, lies just south of the Minnesota border


Just about every county in our state is home to one or multiple towns that, for any number of reasons, is no longer incorporated. Allendorf In Osceola County, one of the counties on our most northern tier, is one such community.

Apparently named "Oliver" when it was founded in 1895, it was renamed Allendorf not long after. Allendorf, according to research I found online, is presumably after a municipality in Germany.

I visited Allendorf last summer when it was a bit warmer and greener. Highway 59, a well traveled north-south highway that runs through our entire country from Canada to Mexico, cuts through the middle of the town.

On the south side of town is a nice little park known as Sharbondy Park. There's a nice little picnic area and some great shade trees.

On the day of my visit, I spotted a couple of wild turkeys that seemed to strut around like they owned the place. Dogs and cats have been elected mayors in some places, so maybe one was the mayor?

Of course, agriculture is the major economic driver of the area and there is a sizable cooperative grain elevator in town.

I found a few other commercial or storage structures that were in varying levels of use and condition.

I don't know what the population would be these days, but there are several houses. Most are nice but modest single family domiciles.

There isn't a post office in town so all of the mailboxes are lined up in a row. That makes delivering the residents' mail probably a little easier.

Like a few of the old commercial structures, I found a house or two that were in pretty rough shape.

I spotted this very neat old barn. It looks like it could use a little TLC. However, it's very neat architecture. They certainly do not make barns like this anymore.

Like a lot of areas of Iowa, the landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade by the addition of industrial-size wind turbines. Neighboring O'Brien County, just to the south, has the highest concentration of wind turbines in the state (as of now).

I might have driven through Allendorf previously when on Highway 59, but I am not certain. It's definitely a pretty area of our state and it's not far from Sibley, the largest town in the county or Hawkeye Point and the Ocheyedan Mound, two notable high elevation-related landmarks.

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