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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 414 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CRESTON, a city and the county-seat of Union county, Iowa, U.S.A., about 6o M. S.W. of Des Moines, at the crossing of the main line and two branches of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railway. Pop. (189o) 7200; (1900) 7752; (1905, state census) 8382 (753 foreign-born); (r91o) 6924. The city is on the crest of the divide between the Mississippi and the Missouri basins at an altitude of about 1310 ft.—whence its name. It is situated in a fine farming and stock-raising region, for which it is a shipping point. The site was chosen in 1869 by the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company (subsequently merged in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company) for the location of its shops. Creston was incorporated as a town in x869, and was chartered as a city in 187r.
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