Public hearing to be held on renaming of Swan Street

The Creston City Council will be holding a public hearing 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the council chambers at the restored Creston Depot for the purpose of renaming Swan Street to Green Hills Avenue. Swan Street is located on the south side of the Burton R. Jones complex, and goes from North Elm Street to North Pine Street.

“Green Hills AEA is moving into the old middle-school portion of that building,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods during the regular Creston City Council meeting Tuesday. “They would like to have this named Green Hills Avenue.”

Councilwoman Nancy Loudon added Swan Street was named after Col. Simeon D. Swan, the first mayor of Creston.

Col. Swan

According to “History of Union County” by George A. Ide, Simeon D. Swan was born March 20, 1832 in Virginia. After he married Dorcas Ayers in 1852 he moved to Iowa and first settled in Van Buren County. After a short period of time, he moved to Mount Pleasant.

During the civil war, Swan was elected major of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry and was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1863, Swan resigned because of poor health.

In 1870, Swan moved to Creston to take charge of a hotel, Creston House, for the Burlington Railroad Company. At the time, only the post office, depot, general store and remains of a mud house made up the town of Creston.

In 1881, Swan built Summit House, but it was destroyed by a fire in 1896. After the fire, a new hotel was built on the Summit House site. Swan became the first mayor of Creston in 1871 and served two terms under the title. Swan died Jan. 22, 1900.

According to Ide, Swan’s interest in community affairs was deep and sincere, and he did everything in his power to promote the welfare of his adopted city.