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Welcome to Buchanan County, Iowa!

Buchanan County has 11 cities and offers parks and trails, fun events, museums and historical sites, a wide variety of businesses and amenities, job opportunities, and more! Visit us soon ... you may even decide to stay! Visit the historical Illinois Central Depot - the home of Buchanan County Tourism - at 1111 5th Ave., NE, Independence, phone 319-334-3439. Open Tuesdays - Sundays May 15 through mid-October, noon-4 PM.


National Register of Historical Places 1 Recreation/Misc. Services 2 Calendar of Events 3-6 The Depot (Buchanan Co. Visitors Center) 7 Buchanan County Churches 8 Relay for Life 9 Aurora (50607) 10 Brandon (52210) 11 Parks of Buchanan County 12 Buchanan Co. Courthouse 13 Fairbank (50629) 14

Hazleton (50641) 14 Amish Community 15 Littleton/Chatham Historical Society 15 Independence (50644) 16-17 Iowa State Extension-Buchanan Co. 18 R.A.S.H. (Bicycle) Ride 18 Barn Quilts of Buchanan County 19 Wapsipinicon Mill Museum 20 Heartland Acres  21 Office 112, City Offices 22 Buchanan County Public Libraries 23

Locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places 280th Street Bridge-280th St.-over unnamed stream, Independence Buchanan County Courthouse 210 5th Ave NE, Independence; also known as PWA Docket IA 1447-F Captain D.S. Lee Mansion (under restoration,) 817 1st St., East, Independence. Owned by Buchanan Co. Historical Society Ezra Round Barn-off C57, Henley Ave., Hazleton Fisher-Plane Commercial Building -119 and 121 1st St. East, Independence. Illinois Central Railroad Depot 1111 5th Ave. NE, Independence Malek Theater Building 116 2nd Ave. NE Independence Maas Commercial Building 209 1st St. East, Independence Mathias C. Fuhrman and Eva B. Crowell, Farm 1780 185th St., Independence Munson Building (old library) 210 2nd St. NE, Independence Plane, Robert R., & Julie L., House 310 3rd Ave. SE, Independence

Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, 601 State St., Independence (Chatham/ Littleton) Purdy, Eliphalet W. and Catherine E. Jaquish, House 215 3rd Ave. SW, Independence Richardson-Jakway House 130th St., Aurora, Jakway Forest Shellito, Dr. Judd D. and Margaret S. Clarke, House 310 5th Ave. SE, Independence

Buchanan County Fair Independence Motor Speedway Jesup (50648) Lamont (50650) Captain D.S. Lee Mansion Quasqueton (52326) Rowley (52329) Stanley (50671) Cedar Rock State Park Winthrop (50682) Buchanan County Trails

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Chambers of Commerce

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce - 112 1st St., East, Independence IA 50644, 319-334-7178. Jesup Chamber of Commerce PO Box 602, 1310 6th St., Jesup IA 50648, 319-827-3100 or 1128.


Buchanan County Genealogical Society, 103 4th Ave., SE, Independence IA 50644. Open Mondays 10 AM-2 PM; Thursdays 2-6 PM (closed holidays), 319-334-9333. Information available: naturalization, cemetery, marriage, birth, death/ funeral home records, obituaries, probates, wills. Federal and State

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Independence Motor Speedway, just west of Highway 150 N. at Buchanan County Fairgrounds. Racing events every Saturday night, April through August. www. independencemotorspeedway.com

Hunting October through December: pheasant, rabbit, deer. Fish the Wapsipinicon River Water Trail and Trails various spots throughout Buchanan routes are designated in 1111 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa 50644ATV/UTV • 319-334-3439 County. all cities in Buchanan County. Also, Gym/Recreational Facilities -- Wapsie Bowhunters Archery Buchanan County Four Season Trails -- Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Club Office, 125 3rd Ave. SE, • County-wide Historical andis Tourist Association working to develop a Ave. NE, and River’sEDGE Sport Independence, contact: recreational trail system within the Attraction Information and Fitness, 206 2nd Ave., SW, Steve McGraw (319)334-6885 county to become a component in Independence. Basketball, weights, cardio equipment, racquetball courts, statewide system. More • Tour the Historical the Depot & trail Gift Shop game room, golf cages, walking track, information at www.rashride.org Libraries batting cages, meeting rooms, more, Ahead Aurora -•inCall the Comet Center,for Tours and Hours for call (319)334-2606 or 6711. & Aquatic Centers 319-634-3960. theSt.Visitor’s CenterSwimming -- Aurora Comet Center, 401 Woodruff 401 Woodruff -- Fairbank, (319)635-2533 St., Aurora, (319)634-FITT, Fairbank - 212 Main St., East, -- Independence, (319)334-7464 www.auroracometcenter.com • E-mail us at: 319-635-2487 -- Winthrop, (319)935-3306 Fitness center with weight/cardio buchcotour@indytel.com room and full sized AAU sports court Independence - 805 1st St. E., Tourism gym and walking track. Facility open 319-334-2470 County Tourism Bureau, •This center is staffedBuchanan by volunteers to members 24/7. Jesup - 721 6th St., 319-827-1533 Illinois Central Railroad Depot, 1111 Historical Society 5th Ave.,15 NE, Independence IA, 319Open May 15 - October Lamont •- 616 Bush St., 563-924-3203 Buchanan Co. Historical Society 334-3439 Open Tuesdays - Sundays Winthrop - 354 W. Madison, 319www.buchanancountyhistory.com mid-May - mid-October, noon-4 PM. 935-3374, email winlib@netins.net Phone (319) 334- 4616 Email: bchs.lkh@gmail.com Facebook: Wapsi Mill

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Buchanan County Tourism Visitor’s Center 1111 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa 50644 • 319-334-3439 • County-wide Historical and Tourist Attraction Information • Tour the Historical Depot & Gift Shop • Call Ahead for Tours and Hours for the Visitor’s Center • E-mail us at: buchcotour@indytel.com •This center is staffed by volunteers • Open May 15 - October 15

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2018 Calendar of Events Every effort has been made to compile a comprehensive and accurate look at attractions and events for this publication. Information was contributed by community representatives. Dates & times may change after publication. May Saturday, May 5 Fontana Herb Society Plant Sale, 8-11 AM. Fontana Nature Center. Tuesday, May 8 Leaf & Flower Printing, 6:30 PM. Fontana Nature Center classroom. All ages. Preregistration (319) 636-2617. Saturday, May 12 Wild Edibles, 9 AM - 1 PM. Fontana Nature Center classroom. Preregistration (319) 636-2617. Saturday, May 12 Wapsipinicon Mill Museum opens for season (thru Sept. 15), 12-4 PM daily, closed Mondays, downtown Independence, (319) 334-4616 Saturday, May 12 Independence Farmers Market opens for season. Saturdays 8 AM-noon until Oct. 13. Held at Wapsipinicon Mill. Info: email skielly@iastate.edu Saturday, May 12 Independence Garden Club plant sale, 8-11 AM, First Presbyterian Church, Independence Saturday, May 12 Fairbank City-Wide Garage Sales Tuesday, May 15 Illinois Central Railroad Depot (Tourism Bureau) opens for season. Railroad items on display, gift shop, Memorial Brick Garden Walk. Open Tuesdays - Sundays through mid-October, noon-4 PM, 1111 5th Ave., NE, Independence, (319)334-3439. Thursday, May 24 Cedar Rock the Walter House Opens for Season. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright by touring estate. Open WednesdaysSundays until Oct. 15, 319-9343572, cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov, www.friendsofcedarrock.org

May 26-28 Quasqueton Historical Society Museum Open House, 10 AM-4 PM. Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend, by appointment, free www.east-buc.k12.ia.us/Quas/ Qhist/home.html Monday, May 28 Quasqueton American Legion & Auxiliary Memorial Day Parade and Service, 11 AM parade, ceremony at cemetery followed by beef dinner, Legion Hall, 319-934-3639. Wednesday, May 30 An Old Time Meal at Jakway 5 PM, Historic Richardson-Jakway House, W45 south of Aurora, $20, registration limited, call 319636-2617. Enjoy old-time meal, program, learn about Iowa’s past. June Monday, June 4 SRP Registration Kick-Off @ IPL Independence Public Library. Kick off the Summer Reading Program by registering June 4 through June 29. For all ages. 319-334-2470; www.independenceia.org/library Tuesdays, June 5- July 24 OR Thursdays, June 7 - July 26 Wee Nature Tales, age 3-5, Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, 10-11 AM, (319)6362617 to register. Tuesdays, June 5 - July 17 Young Naturalists, age 9-12, 1-3 PM Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, (319)636-2617 to register. Wednesdays, June 6 - July 18 OR Thursdays, June 7 - July 19 Nature Explorers, age 6-8, 1-2:30 Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, (319)636-2617 to register. Wednesday, June 6 Duke Otherwise Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Clever lyrics. Superb music, fun for all ages. 319-334-2470; www. independenceia.org/library. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM.


Friday, June 8 Friday Night Live at Five Riverwalk Parks, Independence, free to public, 5-9 PM. Enjoy live music, food, and fun for all ages. No charge for music; costs for food and fun varies. (319)334-7178

Wednesday, June 13 Dino O’Dell, Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program presentation. Interactive educational musical adventure for children. 319-334-2470; www. independenceia.org/library

Saturday, June 9 Quasky Bottom Feeders Tourney 5:30 AM-noon, lunch fish fry, prizes, families welcome! Preregister at Wee Willy’s or sign up that morning at boat ramp. If flooded, event may be postponed, (319)934-9301.

Wednesday, June 20 RUMPUS! Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Tuneful tales and musical mayhem with Will Stuck. 319-3342470; www.independenceia.org/ library

Saturday & Sunday, June 9-10 Hazleton Haze Days Downtown & Park, flea market, parade, games, food, band, dance, Civil War enactment, Fireman’s Spaghetti Supper 4:30 – 7:30 PM Saturday; Methodist Church Breakfast Legion Hall Sunday. Saturday, June 9 R.A.S.H. Ride, Bicycle ride, breakfast 7:30 AM at Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse parking lot, Independence; 25-, 50-, or 66-mile options. Ride begins 9 AM from Bill’s, www.rashride.org Saturday, June 9 Tractor Ride sponsored by Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence. Tour Buchanan County on favorite tractor. (319)332-0123 www.heartlandacresusa.com Saturday, June 9 Shred Day, Independence Public Library, 10 AM-noon. Destroy personal documents that include personal information, social security numbers, financial information. Free. 319-334-2470; www.independenceia.org/library. Thursday, June 14 Picnic in Winthrop Park, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship of Church of Christ United, 11 AM-1 PM. Carryouts avail. Friday/Saturday, June 15-16 Winthrop Funnel Cake Days. Friday movie night at the park begins at dusk. Saturday: Historical center open house, face painting, parade, barrel train, petting zoo, games, music, fireworks, great food, more! www.cityofwinthrop.com

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 2223-24, Fairbank Days, downtown and park, kiddie parade, crowning Miss Fairbank, teen dance, parade, car show, dance, fireworks, midway (319) 635-2811, www. fairbank-ia.org Friday, June 22 Independence Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing Three Elms, (319)334-7178. Friday, June 22 Relay for Life of Buchanan County, Teams walking to find a cure for cancer, 5-10 PM, Independence High School track & football field. Teams welcome! Donald Mumm 319-334-3888, www.RelayForLife. org/buchanan Saturday, June 23 Strawberry Moon Event 6:30-9:30 PM, annual open house at one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most complete designs, Cedar Rock. 319-934-3572, www. friendsofcedarrock.org cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov Sunday, June 24 Heartland Marimba Festival 2 PM, Independence Junior Senior High auditorium. All ages. 319334-2470, www.independenceia. org/library Wednesday, June 27 IPTV’s Dan Wardell, Independence Public Library, 9:30 and 10:30 AM. Reading Road Trip entertains kids with interactive story time and emphasis on reading. 319-334-2470; www.independenceia.org/library

4 July Tuesday-Saturday, July 3-7 Buchanan Co. Fair, Independence Fairgrounds, just west of Hwy. 150 N. Fun for the whole family! Wednesday, July 4 Independence Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Breakfast, Times and location to be announced, 319-334-7178 Tuesday-Wednesday, July 3-4 Independence Day Celebration, Riverwalk Parks in Independence, free admission, live entertainment, kids activities, food and drink, fireworks, more! Wednesday, July 4 158th Independence 4th of July Parade, oldest 4th of July parade in Iowa! 9 AM start, Theme: “Celebrate Our Spirit. 319-334-7178 Thursday-Saturday, July 5,6,7 Annual Jesup Farmers Day Over 100 hours of free entertainment. Parade, rides, kids games, entertainment, food, and this year T-Rex Dinosaur! www.jesupfarmersday.org www.jesupiowa.com

Tuesday, July 10 Cleaver Class of 10-Deadly-2 Independence Public Library, 6 PM. Teen Summer Reading Program. Murder mystery for tweens and teens with Dennis Porter of Happy Faces Entertainment. 319-334-2470; www.independenceia.org/library Wednesday, July 11 Global Soundscapes! Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Hear the earth in a new way with the Science Center of Iowa. All ages. 319-334-2470; www. independenceia.org/library Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM. Thursday, July 12 Picnic in Winthrop Park, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship of Church of Christ United, 11 AM-1 PM. Carryouts avail. Friday - Sunday, July 13-15 Rowley Days Celebration Downtown & City Park, Big Ball Tourney, Antique Tractor Pull, Parade, kids games, more! (319) 938-0004.

Saturday, July 14 Winthrop Church of Christ Pew Ride/Poker Run, motorcycles & classic cars. Info: 319-239-1460 or 319-935-3353. Wednesday, July 18 Mike Zahm, Independence Public Library, 9:30 am. Summer Reading Program. Musical fun with instruments for children. 319-334-2470; www. independenceia.org/library

Park. Ball tournament Friday, tractorcade, parade, dance & games Saturday. Car Show/ CarCruise Sunday, info: (319) 474-2166 or 319-474-2387, www. bacciowa.com

Saturday, July 21 Strolling with the Spirits, Oakwood Cemetery, Independence, noon-3 PM, $5 guided tour every half hour.

Friday, August 10 Friday Night Live at Five Riverwalk Parks, Independence, free to public, 5-9 PM. Enjoy live music, food, and fun for all ages. No charge for music; costs for food and fun varies, (319)334-7178.

August Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM. Friday-Sunday, August 3, 4, 5 Lamont Days Friday Steak Fry & Fireworks. Saturday 11 AM Parade (theme: Favorite College), Sunday Breakfast and Ecumenical Church Service at City Park. Kids games, great food! (563)920-5273, 563-920-4791. Friday-Sunday, August 3, 4, 5 Brandon Days, Downtown, City

Sunday, August 5 Hazleton School Alumni Picnic, Potluck at City Park at noon, (319)334-3273.

Sunday, August 12 Stanley Fireman’s Ice Cream Social, 319-634-3310. Saturday, August 18 Annual Quasqueton Area Historical Society Fish Fry, Downtown Quasqueton, begins 5 PM. If rain - American Legion Hall. Saturday, August 18 Underground Independence, 10 AM - 2 PM, $10 tickets at Wapsipinicon Mill 8:30 AM - 1 PM. www.buchanancountyhistory.com


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5 Sunday August 19 Quasqueton Union Church 100th Anniversary, picnic & ice cream social. Saturday, August 25 Quasqueton Car Club Car Show Registration 8-12:30, $10 fee, awards 3 PM. Info: 319-327-4225. Saturday, August 25 Independence Brew-B-Q 7 AM bike ride, vendors open at noon at Riverwalk Parks, 1 PM BBQ judging, 3-4 PM craft brew tasting opens, live music, food, brews, and fun! September Wednesday, September 5 An Old Time Meal at Jakway 5 PM, Historic Richardson-Jakway House, W45 south of Aurora, $20, registration limited, call 319636-2617). Enjoy old-time meal, program, learn about Iowa’s past. Saturday, September 8 Art Under The Oaks art show, 10 AM - 1 PM, Lee Mansion, Independence. Artist, quilters, wood carvers, garden club show, tours, live music, much more. 515209-9171. Saturday, September 8 25th Anniversary Harleys & Hot Rods, Quasqueton. Fundraiser for Make A Wish Iowa. Hog roast, raffle, auction, music. Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 8-9 Friends of the Library Book Sale Independence Public Library. 9:30 AM – 4 PM Saturday, and 1-3 PM Sunday. Book sale with great prices on great selection of books and movies, all ages. 319- 334-2470, www.independenceia.org/library Sunday, September 16 Brandon Cowboy Breakfast Community Center, 8 AM - 1 PM. Information: 319-474-2166 or 319474-2387, www.bacciowa.com Monday, September 24 Unexplained Mysteries Independence Public Library, 6:30 PM. Teens/Adults. Paranormal investigator Terry Fisk explores the world’s greatest unexplained mysteries. 319-334-2470; www. independenceia.org/library Saturday, September 29 Iowa DNR State Parks Volunteer Day. Unique volunteer opportunity at Cedar Rock, 319-934-3572.

www.friendsofcedarrock.org cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov Sunday, September 30 Monti Fall Festival, Monti Community Center. Breakfast sandwiches and applesauce, Apple Gallop 5K run/walk. monticc.com or 319-934-3597 October Saturday, October 6 Fairbank City-Wide Garage Sales Sunday, October 7 IPL 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Independence Public Library, 1-4 PM. Celebrate 10 years of memories at library with live entertainment and refreshments. All ages. 319334-2470; www.independenceia. org/library Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Quasqueton Haunted House, 7-11 PM. Fundraiser for Quasky Community Club, 319-934-3247. Saturday, October 13 Friends of Cedar Rock Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright, 1-4 PM, lecture topics relate to life, history, work of Frank Lloyd Wright, www. friendsofcedarrock.org, 319934-3572, cedar_rock@dnr. iowa.gov Friday, October 26 Halloween Boo Bash @ Falcon Center, 5-7 PM. All ages enjoy games, stories, crafts, snacks, photo booth to celebrate Halloween. Free. 334-2470, www.independenceia. org/library Wednesday, October 31 Independence Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat, 100-300 blocks of 1st St., E, Independence, 4-5:30 PM, 319-334-7178. Wednesday, October 31 Hazleton Halloween Treat City Park, 5-8 PM. Wednesday, October 31 Aurora Trick or Treat, 5-7 PM. November Friday, November 2 Littleton & Chatham Historical Society Chili Supper 5:30-7 PM, museum exhibits, raffle & silent auction, 601 State St. Independence. (319) 415-1175

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6 Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 3-4 - Dec. 2, Christmas at the Depot. Illinois Central Railroad Depot. Hwy. 150 N., Independence, noon-6 PM Saturdays & Sundays; last day Dec. 2, ends at 3 PM with all holiday items going to highest bidder. Small decorated table-top trees and specialty items, sold at silent auction. All 11 towns in Buchanan County donate Christmas items. (319)334-3439. Thursday, November 15 Quasqueton American Legion Auxiliary Thanksgiving Dinner, American Legion Hall, 5-7 PM Friday, November 16 White Tails Unlimited Banquet Wolfey’s in Quasqueton. Friday, November 16 Buchanan Co. Health Trust Dinner & Auction 21st Annual Celebration, 6 PM, Heartland Acres Event Center, Independence, (319)332-0905, www.buchananhealthtrust.com December Saturday, December 1 Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 AM noon, sponsored by Buchanan Co. Historical Society, held at First United Presbyterian Church, Independence. Sunday, December 2 Fairbank Community Club Appreciation Day and Santa Visit, Legion Hall, 10-11 AM. Sunday, December 2 Christmas at the Depot (last day), Independence, ends at 3 PM. All holiday items go to the highest bid. Friday, December 7 Ho! Ho! Holiday Fun with Santa Independence Public Library, 5-6:30 PM. Families enjoy crafts, snacks, and visit with Santa, free, 319-334-2470 www. independenceia.org/library Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8, Brandon Christmas Festival Hay rides, free kettle popcorn, cocoa, cookies, entertainment, Santa Claus, (319)474-2387 or 4742166. www.bacciowa.com

Christmas at the Depot

Christmas at the Illinois Central Depot starts the weekend of Nov. 3-4 in 2018. See what 50 different individuals and businesses from around the county come up with for the festive decorated trees. You have to see them to believe it! Also featured are 25 specialty items. Who knows what they will be? Always a great surprise! Stop in at the Illinois Central Depot, 1111 5th Ave., NE in Independence, to see what the surprises are for 2018. Admission is free, but a cash or food donation for the local food pantry is appreciated. Christmas at the Depot is open five weekends, starting Nov. 3-4 through Dec. 2. Saturdays and Sundays noon-6 PM. Closing day, Dec. 2; bidding ends at 3 PM. Join us for our 26th year! Saturday, December 8 Kid’s Christmas Shopping & Santa, Legion Hall, Hazleton 1-4 PM. Saturday, December 8 Lee Mansion Open House Independence, 319-334-4616 or www.buchanancounty history.com Sunday, December 9 Parents Christmas Shopping 1-3 PM, Hazleton Legion Hall. Friday, December 14 Jingle on Main, Downtown Independence, 5-7:30 PM. Christmas tree lighting, shopping, calls to North Pole, cookie decorating, carriage rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus, more! 319334-7178. Miscellaneous Events

email skielly@iastate.edu Buchanan County Tourism group meets second Tuesday of month; held in all 11 towns in the county, 319-334-3439. Day before Easter, Hazleton Easter Egg Hunt, noon, City Park Day before Easter, Fairbank Easter Bunny Visit, Riverside Park Gazebo, 10 AM, if rain, I.C. Hall. (319)635-2811 4th Friday of April. Aurora American Legion Smelt Fry, 4:308:30 PM. Aurora Historical Society Building, open noon-4 PM on July 4 or by appointment, (319) 634-3339, (319) 634-3396, or (319) 634-3834.

Buchanan County Cities invite you to attend their celebrations, fish fries, dinners, plant sales, fundraisers, and more. Visit their websites and check with local media for details.

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The Depot Buchanan County Tourism Visitors Center Look at what $1.00 will buy you! The Buchanan County Tourism Bureau was formed in 1992. The group purchased the Illinois Central Depot and Baggage building in 1994 for one dollar. In 1996, the two buildings were moved to their new location at 1111 5th Ave., NE, Independence. Called the Buchanan County Tourism Visitors Center, it has lots of information about the county. Stop in to see all the railroad items on display, and pick up some free brochures. In 2000, a memorial brick walk was installed at the

depot to honor veterans of the railroad, military, school classmates, and many volunteers and friends of the depot. In 2002, a 1940 model rail car, that actually runs and sits on the rails, was donated. Illinois Central Depot originally used the car for track inspection. Another addition was the installation of a crossing sign and horse-drawn fireman’s hose cart. The cart was pulled by eight men, and was manufactured in the early 1900s. A collection of Illinois Central Railroad memorabilia is displayed inside the depot. Located on the west side of the depot sits a 1926 90-ton steam engine and a 45-ton tender (coal car). The 1978 32-ton caboose received a new look in 2015. A local Boy Scout received his Eagle Scout award for redoing the inside of the caboose. Stop by and take a look! The baggage building is open for visitors in the spring, and includes a display of tools used by railroad workers. The Buchanan County Tourism group continues to coordinate and serve as volunteers at community events throughout the county. Informational monthly meetings are held at towns throughout the county. The depot is open mid-May through mid-October Tuesdays through Sundays from 12-4 PM. For tours and additional information, call 319334-3439. Christmas at the Depot, sponsored by Buchanan County Tourism, opens Nov. 3 and the following five weekends, closing Dec. 2. Volunteers from all 11 Buchanan County cities decorate 50 small trees and 25 specialty items, available for public bidding, which closes Dec. 2 at 3 PM.

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Buchanan County Churches

Aurora St. Paul’s Lutheran, 109 Prospect St. 319-233-3004

Independence Bethel Baptist, 614 3rd St. NE 319-334-6617

Living Water, 113 2nd Ave NE 319-334-6723 www.livingwaterchurchonline.com

United Methodist, 506 Luella St. 563-924-2870

Calvary Evangelistic Center, 700 13th St. NE, 319-334-2743 www.calvarycenter.com

Our Redeemer Lutheran (Missouri Synod), 120 17th Ave. NE, 319-334-2745. www. ourredeemerindependence.org

Brandon Church of Christ, 306 East St. 319-474-2159

Cornerstone Foursquare, 707 20th Ave. SW, 319-334-4489 cornerstonefoursquarechurch.com

United Methodist, 507 Main St. 319-474-2362

First Baptist, 301 2nd St. SE www.firstbaptistchurchindee.org 319-240-7935 or 319-334-2135

Fairbank First Baptist, 202 4th St., South

St. Athanasius Catholic, 634 Stevens St. 319-827-6682 Lamont Grace United Methodist, 745 Washington St. 563-924-2870.

St. James Episcopal, 202 2nd Ave. NE, 319334-4297 www.episcopalchurch.org

Quasqueton Union Protestant Church of Quasqueton, 212 E. Cedar, 319-9343558

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Relay For Life ... what it is all about? This will be the 21st year of fundraising to help find a cure for cancer here in Buchanan County. It all began in 1985 when colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt wanted to make a difference. He walked and ran for 24 hours and raised $27,000 that night for his local cancer charity. Buchanan County is one of 79 Relay For Life events in Iowa, and one of thousands to be held around the United States. And it goes farther; there are events held in 20 countries around the world with millions of participants! Won’t you join us this year so you can make a difference? Relay For Life will be held at Independence high school track June 22, 5-10 PM. Silent auction items will be on display at the Illinois Central RR Depot daily from noon-4 PM, May 25 until June 22. Stop in and place a bid. All proceeds go to help fight cancer!

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A Community Looking to the Future The residents of Aurora, in northeast Buchanan County, continue to bring a variety of quality-of-life accomplishments to their community, dedicated to making Aurora a great place to live and work. Aurora’s Comet Center is a modern recreation/fitness and community center that also houses the public library. The center is a vital asset to the community, bringing people together and keeping residents of all ages healthy and happy. The town has a water system and several Main Street businesses. The Aurora Historical Society Building on Main Street (pictured at right) is home to a collection of local memorabilia that provides a nostalgic walk through time. The society continues to expand exhibits and is open to the public by appointment, call (319) 6343339, (319) 634-3396. The Aurora Legion is known for its annual Smelt Fry - a tradition for many families throughout Northeast Iowa, held the 4th Friday of April. The Legion also sponsors all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts the second Sundays in November and December, and the second and fourth Sundays in January, February, and March. Whether you are visiting for a few days or a few hours, don’t miss Aurora, a wonderful little community within driving distance of Backbone State Park, Amish community, Jakway Forest and the historic Richardson/Jakway House. For information please visit www.auroraiowa.com

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A Little Town We’re Proud to call Home Brandon is nestled in the southwest part of Buchanan County on Lime Creek. Located one mile west of U.S. Interstate 380 off exit 49, roughly halfway between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, it can also be accessed by D-48 from the east and west and V-71 from the north and south. Visitors can grab a snack or get gas at the local convenience store. The town has a manufacturer, beauty shop, two churches, auto repair shop, sports bar, realtor, Fire Department and First Responders. Brandon City Park has a playground and basketball courts. Brandon Area Community Club sponsors youth ball in the summer at the regulation size, lighted ball field at the park complete with new concessions stand and modern restrooms. Brandon Area Community Club (BACC) also sponsors a Cowboy Breakfast each September and Brandon Days in August, with a parade, car cruise, food, games and a dance. A benefit auction for the Brandon Fire Department is held the first Sunday in October. A Christmas Festival the first weekend in December includes hayrides, open houses and more! The GAR hall was constructed in 1887 by Civil War Veterans and has been used for many years as the Jefferson Township Hall. The hall features early photos of Brandon. The Historical Society is currently restoring the 1915 two-story bank building to house an area museum. Brandon Area Community Club recently built a Community Center on Main Street, which displays Iowa’s largest frying pan. The center features a 3000 square foot event room (seat 240) with full service kitchen to meet any caterer’s needs. A smaller meeting room meets the needs for groups of 50 or less. The Community Center also provides an indoor practice area for softball, pitching practice, basketball and bean bag tournaments. Brandon’s giant frying pan, created in honor of the annual Cowboy Breakfast, measures 14.3 feet tall by 9.3 feet wide and weighs 1020 pounds.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail, a hiking and biking trail, passes through Brandon’s south side, and includes parking, picnic shelter and rest rooms. The trail stretches from Waterloo to Cedar Rapids, using a discontinued railroad line. Campers can enjoy several areas such as Lime Creek Park to the northeast, Winegars Lake to the west and MinneEstma to the south. Public fishing can be enjoyed at Koutney Pond and Cedar River Access. The Lime Creek Fish and Game club has their Annual Fish Fry the last Saturday in March each year. The event is held at the Brandon Area Community Center. Brandon Trailblazers Saddle Club 2018 show dates are May 20; June 3, 17; July 8, 22; August 5; Sept. 16; Oct. 7. Events: Barrels, Flags, Speed, Poles and either jumping figure 8 or keyhole depending on the week. Events held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton. Brandon may be off the beaten path but it is a little town we’re proud to call home!

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Buchanan County Parks & Natural Areas

Buchanan County Conservation Board manages 41 parks and natural areas in Buchanan County. Information about properties, facilities, programs, and educational and recreational activities is available through Conservation Board website, www.buchanancountyparks.com, or by calling the Conservation Board (319-238-1638). Fontana Park is a mile south of Hazleton (nine miles north of Independence), off Highway 150. The Park features a campground, cabins, picnic shelters, playground, chapel area, paved and nature trails, and youth group camping. Fontana Interpretive Nature Center and live wildlife display provide educational exhibits. Otter Creek flows through the park and an impoundment provides a lake and wetlands for paddlers and anglers. Fontana is the hub for most of the Conservation Board’s educational and recreational programs. Cabins, some campsites, shelters, and the chapel area may be reserved online at www.buchanancountyparks.com. Users can view pictures and information, check availability, and make reservations. Those wishing to attend an educational or recreational program also can register and pay online. Most of the campground is available on a first-come basis (self-registration), and campsites and shelters not previously reserved are open for drop-in use. Cabins feature overnight comfort with off-grid solar energy and other sustainability features. Each cabin contains two separate bedrooms, a dining/living area, kitchenette, and bathroom with showers, and have a covered porch with picnic tabled, outdoor grill and fire ring. The campground has a shower house, dump station, electricity hook-ups, drinking water at hydrants, and ac-

cess to fishing in the adjacent Otter Creek. Jakway Forest, located two miles south of Aurora, features campground, picnic shelter, playground, disc golf course, and is home the Richardson-Jakway Historic Site that includes an 1851 Pioneer House and farmstead with informational kiosks. The 200 acres of forest are open to hiking and equestrian use, and most of the area is open to public hunting. A Wildlife Observation Blind exists down the trail from the campground. Jakway Campground has a shower house, dump station, electricity hook-ups, and drinking water at hydrants. All campsites are open on a firstcome basis with self-registration. Buffalo Creek Golf Course is a 10-minute drive from the park. Lime Creek Area is a mile northeast of Brandon. It features a campground, playground and shelter houses. The peaceful campground has no shower house or drinking water, but does have electricity. All campsites are open on a first-come basis with self-registration. The largest County lake – Koutny Pond – is a couple miles away, and provides good fishing and paddling. The 52-mile Cedar Valley Nature Trail Trailhead in Brandon is also a short drive from the park. Natural Areas – Visitors are encouraged to hike, fish, hunt, and explore the many public natural areas on Buchanan County. The Conservation Board manages prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and river and stream corridors open to a variety of uses. Aerial photos, pictures, and other information are available at www. buchanancountyparks. com.

Explore the Wapsi! The Wapsipinicon River through Buchanan County is a designated State Water Trail. Water trail brochures are available through the Conservation Board at the Fontana Park Nature Center or can be downloaded at ww.buchanancountyparks.com. The river corridor in Buchanan County is famous for quality backwater wetlands and woodland habitat, is listed as a Protected Water Area (PWA), and provides wildlife habitat and quality fishing. In addressing qualities for designating the Wapsi as a Protected Water Area, the Iowa DNR stated, "The Wapsipinicon River has the longest continuous stretch of natural and scenic river corridor in [the area], and quite possibly in the entire state." The Wapsi is a prominent natural feature with many public areas. Call 319-636-2617 for information about public lands along the river.

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The Buchanan Co. Courthouse, 210 5th Ave., NE, Independence, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and celebrated 75 years in 2015. Buchanan County was ruled by Indian tribes in 1842 when pioneer William Bennett trekked west from Delaware County to become the first settler in the region. He was the first resident of what would become Quasqueton. The county was named for Senator James Buchanan of Pennsylvania who was instrumental in the acquisition of the Wisconsin Territory, which included Buchanan County. He later became the 15th U.S. President. A village of less than 15 persons, located farther north of Quasqueton on the Wapsipinicon River, was established as the county seat in 1847. It was named “Independence,� probably because Independence Day was to be observed in a couple weeks. The town was officially incorporated in 1864. Proposals for the first courthouse were accepted in spring 1857. The courthouse was completed and ready for occupancy in May of 1858. The cost of construction included $517.94 for 1856-57 fiscal year and $9,240.57 for 1857-58 fiscal year, making it one of the cheapest public buildings around to erect. The construction on the current courthouse began in November 1938 and cost the county $253,921.

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Home of Island Park Fairbank is in the NW corner of the county on Highway 281. The city encompasses several parks. The Little Wapsipinicon flows around Island Park, which can be reached by a footbridge and there is a canoe ramp near the park bridge, which offers river access above the dam. Recently, a kayak ramp was built above the dam and another below. Bentley Park is on the “Old Mill Property” on both sides of the river, adjacent to the dam. Riverside Park, along west side of the river, features a gazebo and trail, which crosses the street and runs through Bentley Park. The Veterans Memorial Park in Riverside Park, was dedicated on Veterans Day in 2016. The Ball Park, on the southwest edge of town, has three volleyball courts and two ball diamonds. All town parks, except Riverside Park, have picnic facilities and playground equipment. An aquatic center is at the east end of Main Street and golfing is available at Wapsie Ridge Golf Course, west of Fairbank. A historical point of interest is the old two-cell jail, built in the 1920s, which stands in the lot beside the Post Office. Fairbank offers several churches, fire department with state-of-the-art ambulance and rescue unit, health clinic, well stocked library, senior housing, and assisted living complex. The town also offers a daycare center, funeral home, grocery store and deli, full-service bank, gas and convenience stores, flower and gift shops, restaurants, barber and beauty shops, used car lot, truck dealership, car wash, auto repair shop, car body shop, plumbing and heating shop, building supply business, Polaris dealership and insurance and real estate businesses. An industrial park is located on the east edge of town, on the north side of Highway 281. A boat maintenance business is also located there. The town’s annual festival, Fairbank Days, will be held June 22-23-24 in 2018, with parade, dances, midway, food and fun, www.fairbank-ia.org

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Hazleton is located at the junction of Highway 150 and County Road C57 in northern Buchanan County. Hazleton Commercial Club sponsors Bingo every Thursday evening at the Legion Hall. Funds from Bingo have enabled the town to build a basketball court, and purchase welcome banners, playground equipment and park shelter. Bingo money has also been donated to Fontana Park, Fire Department, First Responders, scholarships for graduates and The Depot and The Mill in Independence. The town features a number of local shops and two parks with grills, shelters and playground equipment. Hazleton Haze Days is one of the main events sponsored by the Commercial Club. On the second full weekend in June, the city park attracts vendors from a wide area. Other events include a parade, kid’s games, music, food and fun. The Country School Museum, located in the west park, is open during Hazleton Days or by calling City Hall at 319636-2559. The Hazleton School alumni picnic is held the first Sunday in August. Other events include Fire Department Soup and Spaghetti Supper, Easter Egg Hunt, Commercial Club Halloween Party, and kids Christmas shopping along with a visit from Santa. Hazleton Veteran Park (pictured above) is located on Hwy. 150, featuring commemorative bricks honoring Veterans. Fontana Park and Interpretive Nature Center is just south of Hazleton, connected to town by a biking and walking trail. The trail and buildings are wheelchair and handicapped accessible. The area includes camping, nature trails, fishing and picnic areas, a playground and wild animal displays of bear, deer, buffalo and many other animals. Another attraction is Fort Pentecost, a replica of an old Texas town, at 1591 Grant Ave., Hazleton, 319-334-3273.

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Amish Community Amish Country, just west of Hazleton, is one of the largest and oldest Amish communities. The Amish community is friendly, with large families who use horses and buggies. The children attend country schools. You will enjoy and be welcomed at Amish businesses, ranging from quilt shops, furniture and general stores, and bakeries. Stores are open Monday through Saturday; information available by calling 319-6362548, 319-636-2559. A produce auction is held west of Hazleton on Amish Blvd., Tuesday and Friday mornings, spring through fall, selling fresh items from food to plants. During the fall and winter, it is held on Saturdays, with hay, straw and firewood available. More information by calling 319-269-2666. An Amish “large school” auction is held spring and fall to support rural Amish schools.

The Littleton and Chatham Historical Society (LCHS) formed March 21, 2007, with a mission to accurately document, promote and preserve the history of the Littleton and Chatham area and to cultivate interest and educational understanding for future generations. The LCHS serves the side-by-side unincorporated villages of Littleton and Chatham in Perry Township. Littleton was platted in 1855 by Moses Little and the platting of Chatham is attributed to Dr. Robert W. Wright. In August of 2014, the LCHS received the former Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church from the Presbytery of North Central Iowa. The church is a central site in the Littleton and Chatham community and was no doubt the longest operating entity in the locality as well as one of the few existing community structures that remain. Carpentry work for the 1907 church was done by F. W. Chapman, concrete work by Tabor Construction Company, and windows by Menzel. The Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church served the community of Littleton and Chatham for 161 years, when the church voted to close due to low membership. The structure was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and serves the area as a museum and community center. The facility is located in the unincorporated village of Chatham, at 601 State Street, Independence IA 50644. (Photo-Littleton mill by J. P. King)

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Independence was founded in 1847, just one year after the Statehood of Iowa, when three state commissioners visited Buchanan County to locate and name the county seat, resulting in Independence, named in part, due to the approaching 4th of July. Offering a wide variety of businesses and services including a hospital, shopping, lodging, restaurants, health care, manufacturing, and service organizations, Independence also has many beautiful parks . The city is proud of its fine schools including a recently built state-of-the-art Jr./Sr. High School. Independence also has a variety of churches of many denominations (see Church Directory.) Each year, the city presents one of the oldest continually operating 4th of July parades in Iowa, part of its renowned Independence Day Celebration. The wonderful family-friendly event is followed by a spectacular fireworks display, high over the beautiful Wapsipinicon River. Popular events include Friday Night Live @5, Brew-B-Q, Buchanan County Fair, racing at the Independence Motor Speedway, Christmas at the Depot, Relay for Life, and more (see Calendar of Events). Heartland Acres Agribition Center and Wapsipinicon Mill Museum are must-sees when visiting the area! Visit Independence -- we’re waiting to spend the day with you! There is no better place to celebrate your independence than in a town named after our nation’s fame! For more information, call (319) 334-7178.

Independence Parks & Rec

Independence is home to several unique and beautiful parks. At Riverwalk Parks, take a stroll along the Wapsipinicon River, listen to music in the band shell or play sand volleyball. Many parks have shelters, restrooms, electricity and picnic tables and several offer well maintained and safe playground equipment. A newly completed Aquatic Center offers fun for the whole family. It is located at 601 5th Ave., SE, phone 319-334-7484. The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of adult and youth programs and activities. For more information please call (319) 334-6711.

Independence Trails/Tours

--Downtown Tour is great for class reunions and groups. Tours begin at Wapsipinicon Mill; stop by the Mill or go to www.buchanancountyhistory.com --Heritage Historical Hiking Trail) is sponsored by Buchanan Co. Historical Society and winds around Independence, locating historical spots. Brochures available at Independence Chamber of Commerce, the Mill and businesses.

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--Liberty Trail is 1.5 miles on the former Rock Island Railroad tracks. It starts at 1st Street W. and West elementary to the Mental Health Institute, coming out on 20th Ave., SW (south of Cornerstone Foursquare Church.) --Riverwalk Parks Trail encompasses the Mill, Brimmer Park, Veteran’s Park, Teacher’s Park and Bathing Beach Parks, plus 37 additional acres of green space. --Independence Tree Tour is a “walk of trees” with a wide selection of trees based on size, unique features and diversity. Map available at Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce, Wapsipinicon Mill and downtown merchants. --Three Elms Park Trail runs from Hwy. 150 through Three Elms Park to the Independence Baseball/Softball Complex. --D-22 East Trail-runs from the East side of town to “old” East Elementary along County Road D-22.

Independence & Fairgrounds RV Parks

Independence RV Park & Campground is on Hwy. 150 along the Wapsipinicon River with restrooms and shower facilities, picnic shelter with electricity, concrete walking trail, sites with water, sewer, electricity, and cable. Each site includes a picnic table, and fire ring. For information, call (319)334-6711. The Buchanan County Fairgrounds campground offers full hook-up sites with sewer, water, and electric. For information, call (319)981-0651.


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Buchanan County Iowa State University & Outreach brings the resources and expertise of Iowa State University to area residents. Located in Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Extension & Outreach is available to work with all people, communities, businesses and organizations. Using Iowa State resources we work to make Buchanan County a better place to live. We’re a leader in the local foods movement creating a regional food identity by supporting beginning and veteran farmers, supporting community gardens, organizing the county-wide Farm to Fork Harvest Celebration showcasing local producers, assisting the Independence Farmers Market, and much more! http://www.extension.iastate.edu/buchanan 4-H & youth programming is coordinated locally through Extension and Outreach. 4-H is the largest youth organization and engages youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. Program priorities are to educate on healthy living, STEM, citizenship & leadership, and communications and the arts. A large part of the Buchanan County Fair, support local youth by attending livestock shows, visiting the 4-H building to view their completed projects, and bid at the auctions! More information at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/buchanan/4h We also coordinate the Buchanan County Master Gardeners horticulture programs and events. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who donate time and expertise in community gardens, city beautification projects, and much more. Visit our website for information on Master Gardener projects, as well as up-to-date information on the annual Master Gardener symposium, workshops and project tour! http://www.extension.iastate.edu/buchanan/yard-gardenhorticulture

R.A.S.H Ride Come join Buchanan County for the 16th Annual R.A.S.H. Ride on June 9, 2018 beginning at 9 AM. Bill Versluis is a co-sponsor of the event. It is also sponsored by four local bike clubs: Team Rawhide Riders, Team Native, Team Subtle Savage, and Team Fish. Members of these bike clubs have built this bicycle ride into an annual event. The ride (offering 25-, 50- and 66-mile routes), begins at Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse in Independence and goes through Winthrop, Quasqueton, Rowley, Jesup,



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Tour the Barn Quilts of Buchanan County Celebrating the agricultural heritage of our county by highlighting local farm buildings with beautiful, quilt-related folk art ... the Barn Quilts of Buchanan County have been around since 2006. Originally, the Barn Quilt project began in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001, as a way to attract tourists into a very underdeveloped region of the state. The project quickly caught on and quilt blocks were soon adorning barns all over southern Ohio, Tennessee, North Dakota, and of course, Iowa. Overseen by a small committee of dedicated volunteers, the barn quilt project serves as a way to celebrate local diverse heritage. In just a few short years they have painted and placed over 119 quilt blocks around the county! Pick up a Barn Quilts of Buchanan County map at the Buchanan County Extension office, at the Extension table during Independence Farmers Market, or at the Buchanan County Tourism office. Want a barn quilt of your own? Contact Buchanan County Extension office at (319) 334-7161, email xbuchanan@iastate.edu or visit the website http://www.extension.iastate.edu/buchanan and click on the barn quilt image at the top of the page.

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Wapsipinicon Mill Museum The Wapsipinicon Mill, nestled along the Wapsipinicon River in the heart of downtown Independence is one of Iowa’s finest surviving grist mills. The 1870 mill towers six stories above the river and is a unique example of how Iowans captured the power of the rivers for commercial development. The Wapsipinicon Mill opened for business in August of 1870 as a merchants flouring mill, grinding wheat into white flour. For over 100 years, within the walls of this massive building, the actual milling of various grains for flour and livestock feed took place. Measuring 62’ wide by 112’ long by 107’ high, the building contains unique components that display three eras of milling. Manual power using a primitive

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Heartland Acres Agribition Center is an agricultural museum focused on agri-tourism, located at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence IA (Exit 252 along Highway 20.) Visitors find both inside and outside displays to challenge their agricultural IQ and bring back memories of days gone by. Exhibits are focused on agricultural past, present and future. Hands-on exhibits, along with creative displays and stimulating information, are available to educate, entertain and excite imaginations of the young and youngat-heart. The towering two-story “Big Red Barn” with full length glass silos, is the distinctive and visually appealing heart of the Heartland Acres campus. Based on 1800s barn designs, it captures the past and brings it up close and personal for guests. In and around the barn, visitors see and touch agricultural history like never before. On the main level and outside are farm animals from May to September. Interactive displays like cow milking, rope and fence making, corn shelling and grinding are brought together for an all-inone experience. On the second story of the barn, a mural serves as a backdrop to agricultural artifacts used by settlers in and around the Iowa Territory from 1830 up to present-day technologies. “Great Spaces” is an open area with transitional displays, always changing to showcase a variety of stories telling agricultural practices, local history and modern day agri-business.

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Modern and vintage tractors of all colors and types may be seen in “The Machine Shed.” Agricultural equipment is at the heart and soul of our ability to feed a growing population. Planting, cultivating and harvesting equipment can be seen in rotating displays along with a wide variety of tractor displays. Live a day-in-the-life of a student in the “1869 One Room Schoolhouse.” Blackboards and inkwells replace computers in this school. Modern day grade school teachers and students enjoy this stand-alone display. Period desks, globes, books and more will remind us all of how it used to be “back in the good old days.” For something out of the ordinary, visitors find a very well represented lineup of antique and classic cars in the “Car Museum,” with cars and trucks dating back to a “horseless carriage” along with many other makes and models. Visitors enjoy the on-site gift store for souvenir needs. Local amenities include hotels and motels, theater, restaurants, shopping, parks, and the historic Wapsipinicon Mill – one of several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Heartland Acres is close to downtown shopping and historic Independence. An Old Order Amish community is north of Independence. Make this a “Destination Point” for an exciting weekend trip. Heartland Acres is a partner site of “Silos & Smokestacks” National Park System. For more information, visit online at www.heartlandacresusa.com or call 319.332-0123.

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City Offices in Buchanan County

Aurora City Hall, PO Box 117, Aurora IA 50607, 319-334-2552 Brandon City Hall, 400 North St., Brandon IA 52210, 319-474-2335 Fairbank City Hall, 116 East Main St., Fairbank IA 50629, 319-635-2869 www.fairbank-ia.org Hazleton City Hall, 111 3rd St., NW, Hazleton IA 50641, 319-636-2559 Independence City Hall, 331 1st St., E., Independence IA 50644, 319-3342780 www.independenceia.com Jesup City Hall, 791 6th St., Jesup IA 50648, 319-827-1522, www.jesupiowa.com Lamont City Hall, 64 Bush St., Lamont IA 50650, 563-924-2364 Quasqueton City Hall, 113 N. Water St., Quasqueton IA 52326, 319-9343340, www.quasky.com Rowley City Hall, PO Box 55, Rowley IA 52329, 319-938-2951 Stanley City Hall, PO Box 64, Stanley IA 50671, 319-634-3310 Winthrop City Hall, 354 W. Madison, Winthrop IA 50682, 319-935-317 www.cityofwinthrop.com

Office 112 - Center for Commerce and Economic Development in Independence Office 112, at 112 First Street East in Independence, is the center for commerce and economic development. The facility serves as home to both the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce and Buchanan County Economic Development Commission. Founded in 1937, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based nonprofit organization with a mission to empower local businesses, service organizations, and individuals through advocacy, community enhancement, education, and networking. To learn more, visit www.indeecommerce.com Buchanan County Economic Development Commission has supported business expansion, entrepreneurship, and economic sustainability since 1995. BCEDC focuses its efforts on attracting and expanding commercial and industrial business throughout the county. Learn more at www. growbuchanan.com


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Several Buchanan County cities are proud to have public libraries: Aurora - in the Comet Center, 401 Woodruff St. 319-634-3960 Fairbank - 212 Main St., E. 319-635-2487 Independence - 805 1st St. E., 319-334-2470, www.independenceia.org/ library, 319-334-2470 Jesup - 721 6th St., 319-827-1533 Lamont - 616 Bush St., 563-924-3203 Winthrop - 354 W. Madison, 319-935-3374, email winlib@netins.net Most libraries offer community space or meeting rooms, computers with internet access, reading areas, book clubs, classes, and a variety of activities including summer programs for children and teens. The Independence Public Library also features art ... enjoy the sculpture, “Balancing Act” in the green space north of the library. The facility boasts a large wall mural by John Paul Schafer, paintings by Robert Tabor, a Grant Wood lithograph, a P. Buckley Moss print, fused glass butterflies, and other beautiful work by local artists.

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The Buchanan County Fair has been a major area event for over 150 years! The first county fair was held in Independence in 1858 and has been at the same site since 1891. In addition to 4-H/FFA shows, exhibits and livestock auction, the fair offers several days of activities and events for the whole family! There will be a variety of grounds activities along with an abundance of family-fun attractions at the fair such as live bands and entertainment, carnival, great food and beverages, the crowning of the new fair queen, pie baking, flower show, cookout and photography contests, kids pedal tractor pull and much more! Special features for 2018 (July 3-7) includes Races on July 5, Demo Derby on July 6, and the appearance of Dustin Lynch on Saturday, July 7. Don’t miss the Wood Carver, Woody’s Menagerie Wildlife Education, Barn Yard Races, Pony Rides, Carnival, and much more! Gather friends and family and come to the fair for a whole lot of fun!

Independence Motor Speedway For over 30 years, weekly racing has been held on the 3/8-mile oval track at the Buchanan County Fairgrounds in Independence. Many exciting races are on slate for the 2018 racing season at Independence Motor Speedway. The season began on April 14, followed by weekly events through August. The Buchanan County Fair race will be held July 5, with a night of weekly point racing, “Come See The Late Models.” More at www.independencemotorspeedway.com

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Jesup is the second largest town in Buchanan County and lies at the western edge of the county. It offers easy access to Highway 20, making travel to Waterloo, Independence and other cities convenient. Jesup’s annual Farmers Day Celebration features over 100 hours of free entertainment. It will be held July 5-6-7 in 2018 and this year includes a visit by a T-Rex Dinosaur from which comes the theme: Stompin’ It!. Thursday includes children’s parade, Prince & Princess contest and live music. Friday will offer pet show, Bill Chrastil music from Branson, and Ethan Bell Band from Chicago. Saturday includes parade, Bosco/Indee Band, Iowa State Fair Talent Show; Church of Cash music from Minneapolis; and Tomar and the FCs from Austin. More at www.jesupfarmersday.org. Jesup has over 100 businesses, Jesup Community and St. Athanasius schools, six churches, medical clinic, assisted living facility, newspaper, dental office, veterinary clinic, chiropractic clinics, country club, tennis courts, running track, soccer and softball/baseball complex. The town offers a supermarket, convenience stores, banks and many other businesses. Jesup Chamber of Commerce sponsors events throughout the year. Jesup has several parks and modern library with community meeting room. The Community Recreation Program through the school provides activities for youth. Jesup has a Lions Club, American Legion Post, Boys and Girls Scouts, plus Even Dozen and Rural Women’s Study Clubs. Growth is ongoing with revitalization in downtown area, expansion in industrial park and new housing additions. Jesup is focused on growth and positive change while maintaining small town charm and values. Located within minutes of Independence, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, it offers the easy pace of a small town without sacrificing the conveniences of a big city. Jesup’s schools are progressive and achievement-oriented with an early childhood center, all-weather track and athletic training center. The sports complex is one of the finest around. Its city government is strong and effective and its recreational options are many. A handicapped accessible city hall and community center, including a tornado shelter, are located downtown. The new Emergency Services building, housing the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance crews, opened in 2018. Find Jesup on the web at: www.jesupiowa.com.

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Lamont West Gateway to Backbone State Park

Lamont, in the northeast corner of Buchanan County is the west gateway to Iowa’s first state park. Backbone State Park is a nature lover’s dream with every type of outdoor activity and beautiful scenery. Lamont Museum is located in a restored downtown bank building. Built in 1910, it features characteristics from that era including oak woodwork, tin ceilings, tile and hardwood floors. The museum is two floors full of rich history including military, farming, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, school and other fine displays. It is open Memorial Day, during Lamont Days, and during the annual Christmas at the Museum. Contact Mike Cook at 563-924-2803 for information or to arrange a tour. Lamont offers several unique establishments including a toy farm equipment business that offers all sizes and types of farm toy tractors and implements -- some rare and collectible. Be sure to stop by the coffee shop, operated by local volunteers, for lunch and dessert. Take a break at the beautiful park next door, complete with gazebo. Lamont has its own newspaper, antique and gift shops, bank, kid’s center, church, and many businesses. Boy Scout Park has a gazebo, tennis and basketball court, campground with hook ups, and playground equipment. The scout house, with kitchen and fireplace, is available for rent. The picturesque City Park, along the creek in the heart of Lamont, is home to a rare soldier monument from the Civil War, shelter, and playground equipment for all ages. Lamont Community Club and Lamont Museum host the annual Christmas celebration. Community members, organizations and businesses put together gift baskets, wreaths, miniature trees, and gifts for silent auction. Lamont Days, the first weekend in August, has a steak fry, parade, and many exciting activities. Masons, firefighters, Legion, churches, and other organizations host events year around. For information, contact Joann Crow 563-924-2708 or Lamont City Clerk 563-924-2194.

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Returning to Independence after serving in the Civil War, Daniel S. Lee and his wife Fannie built their home in 1867 on five acres they purchased for $120. In 1917, the property became home to Peoples Hospital. It has been empty since the 1990s when the hospital deeded the property back to the county. The Italianate style mansion, located at 809 1st St. East, is now owned by the Buchanan County Historical Society, with a goal to rehabilitate the property as a living museum, office space, and venue for meetings and events. The mansion, with its beautiful Victorian gardens and grounds shaded by oak trees will become a significant attraction in Independence. There are several fundraisers held throughout the year. For information about the Lee Mansion and the Buchanan County Historical Society, call 319-334-4616 or visit www. buchanancountyhistory.com




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Settled in 1842, Quasqueton is the oldest established town in Buchanan County. The city rests on the banks of the scenic Wapsipinicon River. Those who appreciate outdoor pursuits may enjoy picnics, camping, canoe/kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, mushrooming, birding, hunting and local eateries. History buffs enjoy the Historical Society museum. Head two miles out of town and tour Frank Lloyd Wright designed Walter Estate, Cedar Rock State Park. Don’t forget opportunities to experience nature at Boies Bend and Pine Creek Areas, and Buchanan County Wildlife Association’s gun range. Across the newly re-built Quasky bridge is Veteran’s Memorial Park with electrical hook-ups, showers, shelters, restrooms, boat ramps, and handicapped fishing access. A new feature, the arch rapids at the dam, eliminated undertow, improved fish passage, and enhanced aesthetics and recreation opportunities on the Wapsipinicon River. City park has a softball field, horseshoe pit, open pavilion and sand volleyball court. Memorial Day parade and services are hosted by American Legion followed with a beef dinner by Legion Auxiliary. The delectable Auxiliary Thanksgiving turkey dinner fundraiser is Nov. 15, 2018. Quasqueton Union Church will celebrate their 100th anniversary August 19 with a picnic and ice cream social. Brave souls have a howling ghoul time at Quasky Community Club haunted house fundraiser the weekends of Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 2627 in 2018. Quasqueton Area Historical Society has an educational museum in the city bank building. The society now also includes the restored Finders Texaco Station. Visit weekends or holidays from 1-3 PM, and attend their Annual Fish Fry August 18, 2018. Quasqueton is a great place to savor life!

Rowley is in Homer Township in southern Buchanan County. It was established in 1873 and named in honor of D.W.C. Rowley, the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Minnesota Railroad Secretary. Mail for Rowley came by rail from Cedar Rapids and was picked up at the depot and hauled by card to the Rowley Post Office. In 1902, the railroad became the Rock Island. When the stock market crashed in 1929, the Rowley Bank was one of two banks in Buchanan County that never closed. Today, the heart of the community can be found in the post office, bank, United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches, fire department and many businesses. Visitors enjoy Kenny Nielson Park, which features a shelter with tables and electricity, playground, basketball court and lighted ball diamond. Rowley Community Center provides front-door handicap access and is available for year-round events. The Rowley Historical Society is open Sundays noon - 2 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. Rowley Days 2018 is July 13-15, and offers family fun including antique tractor pull, kids games in the park, parade, big ball tournament, great food and entertainment. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Hare’s Pond and Recreation Park two miles east of Hwy. 150 on D-47, southwest of Rowley. Hare’s Pond includes acres of forest, wetlands, campgrounds and ponds stocked with fish. It is open mid-April to Oct. 1 and offers an enclosed pavilion available for rent. Rowley Fen, on northwest edge of town, is a Buchanan County nature preserve offering hunting and nature appreciation. It is home to rare plant life and supports wetlands, forests, prairie and wildlife. Here you can “feel the earth move beneath your feet,” due to the “quaking soil” because the peat is so saturated, the ground trembles when walked upon. Many children on school trips visit this area.

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Stanley, incorporated in 1912, is the youngest and smallest town in Buchanan County and is located on the northern border in Buffalo Township and the southern border of Fayette County. In 1855, Rev. Isaac Soules, a Baptist minister from Virginia, bought the land where the town now stands from the U.S. government. Several community members serve on the Parks and Recreation Community Beautification Committee. Stanley Memory Park has a park shelter and playground equipment and park benches were added a couple years ago as well as a basketball court. Stanley Union Church, 126 Winslow St., was established in 1887. The church holds vacation Bible School each summer. Another popular community event is the annual Stanley Fireman’s Ice Cream Social in mid-August.


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Cedar Rock State Park

Celebrate the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright by experiencing one of his masterpieces at Cedar Rock State Park. Lowell and Agnes Walter commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1945 to create their retirement estate. Although Wright was incredibly busy he produced a shining example of his Usonian work at Cedar Rock. The Walter Estate includes a beautiful home complete with maid’s quarters, veranda, outdoor council fire, formal entrance gate, and a unique and charming river pavilion. The estate is created mainly of brick, concrete, and glass in Wright’s trademark organic style of architecture. Ethereal views of the Wapsipinicon River from window walls incorporate natural light and dissolve barriers inviting the beauty of nature inside. Cedar Rock’s non-profit support organization, the Friends of Cedar Rock, have been focusing their fundraising efforts on the restoration of the Cedar Rock River Pavilion. Wright only designed a handful of river pavilion structures, many of which have been lost making the restoration of this gem all the more important. Hour-long tours of the home are available with reservation lateMay into mid-October. Call (319) 934-3572 or email cedar_rock@ dnr.iowa.gov to make reservations. For more information visit: www.friendsofcedarrock.org Find Cedar Rock State Park at 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd. (W-35) Independence, IA 50644.

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The Friendliest Town for Miles Around Winthrop, located between Independence and Manchester, has a population of 850 friendly citizens. The Commercial & Community Club (C & C) is a community based 501(C)3 organization that works to raise funds that are put directly back into the community. The C & C is the umbrella organization for Winthrop Historical Center and Little League Program. The group sponsors events through the year, such Spring Fling for the Young at Heart, Winthrop Days Celebration, and Santa visit. The annual Winthrop Funnel Cake Days celebration in 2018 is June 15-16 with activities including open house at historical center, kids activities and face painting, parade, barrel train, petting zoo, family games, music, fireworks, great food, and much more! Information at www.cityofwinthrop.com Winthrop Historical Center offers many displays that reflect the area’s rich history. For information or arrange a tour, call 319-2901178. Winthrop Public Library is known for children’s programming, computer technology and a current collection of materials. East Buchanan School District serves Aurora, Monti, Quasqueton, and Winthrop, covers 137 square miles, and enrolls over 550 students. The district enjoys widespread community support. Winthrop has a golf course, post office, newspaper, grocery store/ deli, bank, funeral homes, greenhouse, furniture store, medical clinic, telephone co-op, lumber mill, lettering/sign business, hair-cutting establishments, lumberyard, welding and car/auto body repair shops, gas stations, tavern, trophy shop, veterinary clinic, insurance offices, day care, meat locker, photography studio and agribusinesses. Winthrop is the proud home of Church of Christ United and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. St. Patrick’s is well known for their annual Lenten fish fries, serving around 700 people at each event. A housing subdivision continues to grow and provides new home opportunities. The Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders provide essential services to the community. City Park offers shelters, playground equipment, Householder Ball Park, and swimming pool. Little League baseball and softball are available for area youngsters. Buffalo Creek Park, just east of town, offers hunting, fishing or hiking. Check out Winthrop’s small-town atmosphere, amenities, friendly people and progressive spirit. For information, visit www. cityofwinthrop.com

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FEED · FERTILIZER · SPRAYING 414 Madison St. · Winthrop, IA · 319-935-3371

There are ATV/UTV routes designated in all cities in Buchanan County, along gravel roads, and secondary paved roads to connect with gravel roads. More info: www.independenceia.com, Independence City Hall, County Recorder, and Independence Police Department. Buchanan County Four Season Trails Association works to develop a recreational trail system within the county to become a component in the statewide trail system. Find more information on bicycle routes at www.rashride.org


EAST BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Serving the communities of Aurora, Monti, Quasqueton, and Winthrop, covering 137 square miles, enrolling over 620 students PK-12 grades.

GREAT School GREAT Teachers GREAT Community

With support provided by PT0, Fine Arts Boosters, Sports Boosters, EB Funds for the Future, Buccaneer Foundation, and an extensive volunteer and mentoring program. East Buchanan offers a strong curriculum (Reading/Math/Science), Agriculture studies, Industrial Technology and college opportunities along with extra curricular activities (Athletics, Band, Vocal, Dance, FFA and Robotics) Our Mission

To challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively, develop values, and contribute to society.

21st Century Skills for 21st Century Careers

www.east-buc.k12.ia.us | 319.935.3367

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WELCOME to Buchanan County, Iowa!  

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WELCOME to Buchanan County, Iowa!  

Goodnight in the Morning! A locally owned and operated business bringing the Buchanan County Area THE NEWS & THE GUIDE!