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WEST BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP.
THE topography of West Burlington township, is similar to that of Burlington,
of which it was' formerly a part. The principal stream by which it is watered
is the Sugar creek, which passes through the town in an easterly and northeasterly
direction, centrally, and has several small tributary creeks, flowing in
from the north and south. The soil and its productive capacity is the same
as that of the surrounding towns, and its many roads offer good facilities
for reaching a market.
The settlement of the township is given in the history of Burlington,
the Sugar creek colonization being common to both townships. The first
clearing in the town was made on the Sugar, near the mouth of Mill creek,
in the east part of the town, near Burlington borough
and at the junction of the roads, west of that point, the first church
on the creek was built.
Many descendants of the old pioneers, whose names are given in the history
of Burlington, are living in West Burlington, the McKeans, Ballards, Goddards,
Baileys, Pratts, Swains, Beaches, Leonards and others, whose farms he along
both banks of the creek.
Organization. -The town of West Burlington was formed in 1855, from
Burlington township, the boundary line between the two towns being very
nearly located on the center line from north to south of the original town,
in its wider part. The area of West Burlington is somewhat less than Burlington,
but not much.
West Burlington Village is located in the western part of the town,
at the junction of the roads north, a short distance of the bridge over
the Sugar creek. It is a small hamlet, containing a postoffice, store,
wagon, blacksmith and cooper shops, grocery, a school-house, and a Methodist
Episcopal church, and thirty or more dwellings. On the Opposite sides of
the creek, the grist and saw mills of B. L. Rockwell & Sons are situated,
known as the 11 West Burlington Mills." North of the village, in District
No. 4, A. L. Ballard's sawmill is situated in Bloom District, No. 1, D.
& G. D. Bourne have a lumber mat tory and steam sawmill, and in District
No. 3 is still another sawmill
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