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Welcome to the history of Tabor, Iowa!

Our community, founded in 1852, boasts a treasure trove of interesting and important history. We can tell stories of pioneers living on a windswept prairie, describe the construction and operation of one of the shortest standard-gauge railroads in the United States, chronicle exciting escapes of fugitives from slavery in the 1850s who sought help from Tabor’s abolitionist community and recount visits by Ohio abolitionist John Brown.  


The Tabor Historical Society maintains four buildings, including the Todd House Museum, one of only four existing Underground Railroad Stations in Iowa. Our archive includes town and school records, photographs and family histories associated with Tabor and southwest Iowa, some dating from the 1820s.  Our organization is also the repository for the records of Tabor College (1866-1927), a Christian school inspired by and built along the lines of Oberlin College, in Ohio.


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