On our way back from seeing our neighbors on Thanksgiving, we scooped the loop in town. In other words, we drove the full length of Iowaville Main Street, all two blocks, turned around and drove back the same way.
There isn't much left of Iowaville. Stately brick store fronts used to line both sides of main street for the full length. Sometime recently, the last one on the west side fell down into a pile of bricks. I think all but one, possibly two have fallen down on the east side. It is a sad thing to see all these stores that I used to frequent in my youth are now nothing more than empty grass lots.
Many years ago while digging around our basketball area on the end of the garage to smooth out some lumps, I discovered a brick that said Iowaville on the side of it. I later learned that Iowaville used to have a brick making factory back in the early 1900's and made lots of bricks. I have looked off an on over the years among the piles of bricks on main street as they have fallen searching for more to add to my collection of one, but have been unsuccessful.
So as we drove by the pile of bricks from the recently fallen building spilled onto main street, I asked my wife to look to see if any said Iowaville as we drove by slowly. I wasn't even planning on stopping. However, she said she saw one and we did stop and go back to look. Sure enough, we found 3/4th of a brick with the words, Iowaville, Iowa stamped into one side. It wasn't in as good as shape as the one I had but still readable. We searched around to find one in better shape but couldn't find a single one. All the others were labeled with a company from Illinois. I'm guessing our lone brick was used as a repair somewhere along the line and was either a loner or one of only a few that were in the immense pile of bricks. So I took the partial brick and took it home to add to my collection of now 1 and 3/4 bricks. They are my reminder of what once was in Iowaville.