This Hauntingly Beautiful Iowa Ghost Town Is Plagued With A Tragic Past

Iowans are no strangers to floods – breaches of the Mississippi, Missouri, Turkey and Cedar Rivers have caused devastating damage to our landscape and hometowns. While Elkport is not the only town destroyed by the mighty river of the Hawkeye State, it is the newest ghost town in Iowa, and its tragic story should be a cautionary tale to us all.

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Do you remember the great floods of 2004? Throughout the Turkey and Maquoketa River basins, mother nature did tremendous damage to Iowa. In fact, some of the worst disasters in Iowa’s history have been mighty floods. Read a little more about the downside of our wild Iowa weather in The 11 Most Horrifying Disasters That Ever Happened In Iowa.