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A $3 billion construction boom swept through these small Iowa towns. Here's what it left behind.

A lone fifth-wheel camper surrounded by a sea of gravel and grass stands as one of the few remnants of the construction frenzy that descended upon this corner of Iowa to build the $3 billion Iowa Fertilizer Co. factory.
Thousands of construction workers swarmed here after the 2012 groundbreaking ceremony, filling this RV park and nearby hotels. They engulfed bars and restaurants across the region.
The influx couldn't be missed in tiny, unincorporated Wever, which isn't home to a single stoplight.
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