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This cemetery is located just south of Dyersville, Iowa. The cemetery was in disarray, the students of Beckman High took it on as a school project and cleaned up cemetery. There are approximately 200 burial sites.
History of Rockville, IA
Rockville is a true Iowa Ghost Town. At one time, Rockville had three (3) hotels, a schoolhouse, post office, several stores and was one of the most important trading and mill points in eastern Iowa.
In 1835 to 1850, when the early settlers of this territory came west from Dubuque by stage coach, one of their first stops was a small town named Rockville, about two miles northwest of Worthington on the banks of the North Fork Maquoketa River. This place soon developed into a thriving community and had a large water-powered feed mill, hotel, wagon shop, church, etc. The Rockville post office served the surrounding area. Later on some of this area developed into the towns of Dyersville and Worthington. Some people came with teams as far away as twenty miles to get their wheat ground for flour, sometimes staying overnight before returning home.
In those days water was the cheapest source of power so different types of mills were built along the river, as many as seven from Dyersville to Cascade, such as flour, paper and lumber mills. However, Rockville's prosperity would not last in the face of it's developing neighbors. The town's proverbial death knell came not long after the Dubuque and Pacific Railroad Company began building rails in the newly formed town of Dyersville. Rockville's post office closed for the second and final time on May 31, 1898. As Delhi and Dyersville grew, the town's role as a stagecoach declined and would virtually vanish by the end of the 19th century. There is very little remaining of the town except the ruins of the old mill building and a house reputed to have been the Stage Coach Stop, but the size of the cemetery is good proof of it's very existence. When you travel east on Rockville Road the old Rockville Grist Mill is on the left side of the road.
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