Eldon Public Library
Carnegie Grant Information
Town & County
Twelfth Census of the United States — 1900. p. 449.
Thirteenth Census of the United States — 1910. 2,024.
Eldon is a town in Wapello County, which was established on February 17, 1843. Wapello is named for the Chief of the Fox Tribe who was involved in the sale of the Sac and Fox lands to the United States government. In 1844, a county seat was located at Appanoose Rapids, which was renamed Louisville, and then Ottumwanoc. In 1845, the name was shortened to Ottumwa. In Wapello County, both Eldon and Ottumwa received Carnegie grants.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 310-311.)