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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, variety of businesses and amenities, job opportunities, and more! Visit us soon ... you may even decide to stay! Join us in raising funds to continue repair on the historical Illinois Central Depot - the home of Buchanan County Tourism located at 1111 5th Ave., NE in Independence, phone 319-334-3439.

Index 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 Littleton/Chatham Historical Society 9 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 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.

Purdy, Eliphalet W. and Catherine E. Jaquish, House 215 3rd Ave. SW, Independence.

Buchanan County Courthouse 210 5th Ave NE, Independence; also known as PWA Docket IA 1447-F.

Richardson-Jakway House 130th St., Aurora, at Jakway Forest.

Captain D.S. Lee Mansion (under restoration,) 817 1st St., East, Independence. Owned by Buchanan Co. Historical Society.

Shellito, Dr. Judd D. and Margaret S. Clarke, House 310 5th Ave. SE, Independence.

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.

State Savings Bank/ Quasqueton Area Historical Building 103 N. Water St., Quasqueton.

Walter, Lowell E., House (Cedar Rock) 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd. (off W35, NW of Quasqueton). Wapsipinicon Mill Museum 100 1st St. West, Independence.

Mathias C. Fuhrman and Eva B. Crowell, Farm 1780 185th St., Independence.

Wapsipinicon River Bridge Hwy. 150 over Wapsipinicon River, Independence; walking and bike lane.

Plane, Robert R., & Julie L., House 310 3rd Ave. SE, Independence.

Weins Commercial Building 129-131 2nd Ave. NE, Independence.

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Independence Airport, located west of Independence, off Highway D22. For information, call (319)334-4000.

Buchanan Co. Courthouse

210 5th Ave., SE, Independence (319) 334-4109

Buchanan Co. Economic Development Commission 112 1st St., East, Independence IA 50644 319-334-7497

Chambers of Commerce

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce - 112 1st St., East, Independence IA 50644, 319-334-7178. Jesup Chamber of Commerce PO Box 134, 791 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

census of Buchanan and surrounding counties, county histories/plat books. County newspapers from 1856 to present, indexed files. Researchers welcome to visit archives; research may be done by volunteers for a fee.


Buchanan County Health Center, 1600 1st St., E., Independence, 319-332-0999

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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. More information at

Buchanan County Tourism Visitor’s Center Snowmobile &


Hunting October through December: pheasant, rabbit, deer. Fish the Wapsipinicon River Water Trail and various spots throughout Buchanan ATV/UTV Trails 1111 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa 50644 • 319-334-3439 County. Over 160 miles to ride snowmobiles Gym/Recreational Facilities and ATVs in Buchanan County. -Wapsie Bowhunters Archery th -- Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5 ATV/UTV routes are designated Club Office, 125 3rd Ave. SE, • County-wide Historical and Tourist Ave. NE, and River’sEDGE Sport in all cities in Buchanan County, Independence, contact: Attraction Information and Fitness, 206 2nd Ave., SW, along gravel roads, and secondary Steve McGraw (319)334-6885 Independence. Basketball, weights, paved roads to connect with gravel cardio equipment, racquetball courts, • Tour the Historical roads. Depot & Gift Shop game room, golf cages, walking track, Libraries batting cages, meeting rooms, more, Swimming & Aquatic Ahead and Hours for Centers Aurora -•inCall the Comet Center,for Tours call (319)334-2606 or 6711. -- 511 East Main, Fairbank, 319-634-3960. theSt.Visitor’s Center(319)635-2533 -- Aurora Comet Center, 401 Woodruff 401 Woodruff St., Aurora, (319)634-FITT, Fairbank - 212 Main St., East, -- 609 5th St. SE, Independence, • E-mail us at: 319-635-2487 (319)334-7464 Fitness center with weight/cardio -- 334 2nd St. S., PO Box 98, room and full sized AAU sports court Independence - 805 1st St. E., Winthrop, (319)935-3306 gym and walking track. Facility open 319-334-2470 •This center is staffedTourism by volunteers to members 24/7. Jesup - 721 6th St., 319-827-1533 Buchanan County Tourism Bureau, Historical Society Open May 15 - October 15 Lamont •- 616 Bush St., 563-924-3203 Illinois Central Railroad Depot, 1111 Buchanan Co. Historical Society th Winthrop 354 W. Madison, 319Ave., NE, Independence IA, 3195 334-3439 Open Tuesdays - Sundays 935-3374, email Phone (319) 334- 4616 mid-May through mid-October. Email: Facebook: Wapsi Mill Five golf courses throughout Buchanan County - in Jesup, Fairbank, Independence and Winthrop.

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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: •This center is staffed by volunteers • Open May 15 - October 15

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2017 Calendar of Events Every effort has been made to compile a comprehensive and accurate look at Buchanan County attractions and events for this publication. Information was contributed by community representatives.


Saturday, May 6 Rhubarb Leaf Birdbath 9-10:30 AM, Fontana Nature Center classroom, $8, make concrete birdbath with impression of rhubarb leaf to keep or as Mother’s Day gift. Preregistration, (319)636-2617. Monday, May 8 Animal Camouflage: The Hidden Creatures in Our Yards, 6 PM. Fontana Nature Center classroom. For children and adults, program by UNI Professor Roy Behrens. Preregistration, (319) 636-2617. Friday, May 12 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 Saturday, May 13 Independence Garden Club plant sale 8-11 AM, First Presbyterian Church, Independence Tuesday, May 16 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, 1111 5th Ave., NE, Independence, (319)334-3439. Saturday, May 20 Hazleton Amish School Auction, breakfast 7 AM, auction 9 AM Saturday, May 20 River Pavilion Restoration Project Celebration, 1 PM. Celebrate restoration project of Wright’s last original River Pavilion. Will highlight restoration efforts and fundraisers. 319-934-3572 Wednesday, May 24 Cedar Rock the Walter House Opens for Season Experience Frank Lloyd Wright by touring estate. Open WednesdaysSundays until Oct. 15, 319-934-3572,

Wednesday, May 24 Princess Adventures, Fontana Nature Center, 5:30 PM, $5 per child. Girls, ages 3-8, dress in “princess attire” to learn about plants, flowers, craft, tea party. Preregistration (319)636-2617. May 27-29 Quasqueton Historical Society Museum Open House, 10 AM-4 PM. Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend, by appointment, free

Monday, May 29 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 31 An Old Time Meal at Jakway 5 PM, Historic Richardson-Jakway House, W45 south of Aurora, $20, registration limited, call 319-6362617. Enjoy old-time meal, program, learn about Iowa’s past.


June 1-July 15 Winthrop Library Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.” Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM. Sunday, June 4 Lion’s Club Car Cruise & Burn Out Downtown Jesup, registration 2:30 PM, cruise 4 PM. (319)827-1673 or 240-8420. Monday, June 5 SRP Registration Kick-Off @ IPL Independence Public Library. Kick off Summer Reading Program by enjoying free live entertainment, all ages. 319-334-2470 Tuesdays, June 6- July 25 OR Thursdays, June 8 - July 27 Wee Nature Tales, age 3-5, Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, 10-11 AM, (319)636-2617 to register. Tuesdays, June 6- July 25 OR Wednesdays, June 7 - July 26 Young Naturalists, age 9-12, Tuesdays 1-3 PM or Wednesdays, 9-11 AM, Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, (319)636-2617 to register. Wednesdays, June 7 - July 26 OR Thursdays, June 8 - July 27 Nature Explorers, age 6-8, 1-2:30 PM, Fontana Nature Center, Hazleton, (319)636-2617 to register.

Wednesday, June 7 & Thursday, June 22 Naturalist Angie Auel of Fontana at Winthrop Library, 1 PM Thursday, June 8 Picnic in Winthrop Park, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship of Church of Christ United, 11 AM-1 PM. Carryouts avail. Friday, June 9 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 Saturday, June 10 Quasky Bottom Feeders Tourney 5:30 AM-noon, lunch fish fry, prizes, families welcome! Pre-register at Wee Willys or sign up that morning at boat ramp. If flooded, event may be postponed, (319)934-9301. Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11 Hazleton Flea Market Days Downtown, Hazleton 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 10 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, Saturday, June 10 Tractor Ride sponsored by Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence. Tour Buchanan County on favorite tractor. (319)332-0123 Saturday, June 10 Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Anniversary Strawberry Moon Event 7-10 PM, 150th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth with open house at one of his most complete designs, Cedar Rock, 319-934-3572. Monday, June 12 Debbie Moser at Winthrop Library to Jump, Twist & Boogie, 1 PM. Wednesday, June 14 Bubbles, Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Discover why bubbles are round, make giant bubbles and more, in fascinating demonstration with Grout Museum. 319-334-2470

Friday, June 16 Movie Night at Winthrop Park, dusk Friday/Saturday, June 16-17 Winthrop Days. Activities include historical center open house inflatables, face painting, parade, barrel train, petting zoo, games, music, fireworks, great food, more! Saturday, June 17 Shred Day, Independence Public Library, 10 AM - noon, destroy documents with personal information, social security numbers, and/or financial information. Free. 319-334-2470, Wednesday, June 21 Absolute Science, Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program presentation. Become engaged in world of science through demonstrations and experiments. 319-334-2470, Wednesday, June 21 Air Jets, Independence Public Library, 11 AM. Teen Summer Reading Program. Master flying skills by taking paper airplanes to next level. 319-334-2470, Friday, June 23 Independence Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing Three Elms, (319)334-7178. Friday, June 23 Relay for Life of Buchanan County, Teams walking to find a cure for cancer, 5-10 PM, Independence High School gym, silent auction, food court. Teams are welcome! Info: Donald Mumm 319-334-3888, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 23-25 Fairbank Days, downtown and park, kiddie parade, crowning Miss Fairbank, teen dance, parade, car show and dance, fireworks, midway (319) 635-2811, Saturday, June 24 Trick’s Ride, motorcycle ride to raise funds for gas cards for those receiving medical treatment. Ride starts at Pat’s Tap, Independence; sign-up at noon, depart 2 PM; ride ends in Quasqueton. Raffle and silent auction. Sunday, June 25 Heartland Marimba Festival Independence Public Library, 2 PM. Enjoy marimba concert in Community Room. All ages. 319-334-2470,

4 Tuesday, June 27 Blank Park Zoo at Winthrop Library. Visit with animals at 1 PM. Wednesday, June 28 Blueprint Theater , Independence Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Words, words, words! Plus imagination and improvisation equals fun for children! Dennis Porter of Happy Faces Entertainment. 319-334-2470, Wednesday, June 28 MadSkillz, Independence Public Library, 1 PM, Teen Summer Reading Program. Work together using creativity to figure out puzzles. Dennis Porter of Happy Faces Entertainment, 319-334-2470. Friday, June 30 Jesup Lion’s Club Tractor Pull Call 319-239-8420 for information.

July Sunday, July 2 Independence Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Breakfast, Wapsipinicon Mill, 8 AM-noon Monday, July 3 Independence Day Celebration begins, Riverwalk Parks, free live entertainment, kids activities, food drive, more!

Tuesday, July 4 157th Independence 4th of July Parade, starts 9 AM, 1st St. E. and 2nd Ave., NE. Theme: Pride in our Past - Faith in our Future. Fun continues at 11 AM, Riverwalk Parks, entertainment, food, games, fireworks, more! 319-334-7178.

Thursday, July 13 Picnic in Winthrop Park, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship of Church of Christ United, 11 AM-1 PM. Carryouts avail.

Tuesday, July 4 Aurora 4th of July Celebration Parade, games, food, fireworks and more. (319)634-3330 or email

Friday - Sunday, July 14-16 Rowley Days Celebration Downtown and City Park, Big Ball Tourney, Antique Tractor Pull, Parade, kids games, more! (319) 938-0004.

Wednesday-Sunday, July 5-9 Buchanan Co. Fair, Independence Fairgrounds, just west of Hwy. 150 N. Fun for the whole family! (Note: 4-H events begin earlier in the week.)

Saturday, July 15 Winthrop Church of Christ Pew Ride/ Poker Run, motorcycles & classic cars. Info: 319-239-1460 or 319-935-3353.

Thursday-Saturday, July 6,7,8 Annual Jesup Farmers Day Over 100 hours of free entertainment. Parade, rides, kids games, entertainment, food, and this year HAAI Shark Encounter! Wednesday, July 12 Rope Warrior, Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. High-impact, high-energy show by Guinness World Record Holder David Fisher, the Rope Warrior. 319-3342470,

Thursdays, July 13, 20, 17 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM.

August 4, 5, 6 Lamont Days Friday Steak Fry & Fireworks. Saturday 11 AM Parade (theme: Old-Time Farming), Sunday Breakfast and Community Church Service at City Park. Kids games, great food, All School Gathering, more! (563)9205273, 563-920-1848. August 4, 5, 6 Brandon Days, Downtown, City Park. Ball tournament Friday, tractorcade, parade, dance & games Saturday. Car Show/ CarCruise Sunday, info: (319) 474-2166 or 319-474-2387,

Saturday, July 15 Strolling with the Spirits, Oakwood Cemetery, Independence, noon-3 PM, $5 guided tour every half hour.

Sunday, August 6 Hazleton School Alumni Picnic, Potluck at City Park at noon, (319)334-3273.

Wednesday, July 19 RAD Zoo, Independence Public Library, 9:30 AM. Summer Reading Program. Reptile & Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo for all ages. 319-334-2470,

Sunday, August 6 Stanley Fireman’s Ice Cream Social For information call 319-634-3310.

August Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 Jesup City Park meal by local churches, 11 AM - 1 PM.

Friday, August 11 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.


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Friday, August 18 29th Annual Quasqueton Area Historical Society Fish Fry Downtown Quasqueton, begins 5 PM. If rain - American Legion Hall. August 18-20 Quasqueton 175th Celebration, fish fry Friday, parade 10 AM on Saturday. Saturday, August 19 Underground Independence, 10 AM - 2 PM, $10 tickets at Wapsipinicon Mill 8:30 AM - 1 PM. Saturday, August 26 Quasqueton Car Club Car Show Registration 8-12:30, $10 fee, awards 3 PM. Info: 319-327-4225. Saturday, August 26 Independence Brew-B-Q Riverwalk Parks, 11 AM – 9 PM. Food vendors. Enjoy taste of great brews & barbecue, griller contest, bike ride too, live entertainment.

September Wednesday, September 6 An Old Time Meal at Jakway 5 PM, Historic Richardson-Jakway House, W45 south of Aurora, $20, registration limited, call 319-6362617). Enjoy old-time meal, program, learn about Iowa’s past. Saturday, September 9 Art Under The Oaks juried art show, 10 AM - 1 PM, Lee Mansion, Independence. Creations of artists, many mediums, book sale and mansion tours, 515-209-9171. Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 9-10 Friends of the Library Book Sale Independence Public Library. 9:30 AM – 4 PM. Book sale with great prices on great selection of books and movies, all ages. 319- 334-2470, Friday, September 15 Hazleton Amish Special Pumpkin & Fall Harvest Auction Sunday, September 17 Brandon Cowboy Breakfast Community Center, 8 AM - 1 PM. Information: 319-474-2166 or 319474-2387, Sunday, September 24 Monti Fall Festival, Monti Community Center. Treats and vendors, Apple Gallop 5K run/walk. or 319-934-3597



Sunday, October 1 Brandon Annual Firemen’s Auction 1 PM, Community Center, 319-4742166 or 474-2387, Weekends of Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 2728, Quasqueton Haunted House, 7-11 PM. Fundraiser for Quasky Community Club, 319-934-3247. Saturday, October 14 Friends of Cedar Rock Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright 1-4 PM, lecture topics relate to life, history, work of Frank Lloyd Wright,, 319934-3572, Friday, October 27 Halloween Boo Bash @ Falcon Center, Independence Public Library, 5-6:30 PM. All ages enjoy games, stories, crafts, snacks, photo booth to celebrate Halloween. Free. 334-2470 Tuesday, October 31 Independence Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat 100-300 blocks of 1st St., E, Independence, 4-5:30 PM, 319334-7178. Tuesday, October 31 Hazleton Halloween Treat City Park, 5-8 PM. Tuesday, October 31 Aurora Trick or Treat, 5-7 PM.


Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 4-5 - Dec. 3, Christmas at the Depot. Illinois Central Railroad Depot. Hwy. 150 N., Independence, Sat. 12-8 PM, Sun. 12-5 PM; last day Dec. 3, 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. Join us for our 25th year! Information (319)334-3439. Thursday, November 16 Quasqueton American Legion Auxiliary Thanksgiving Dinner, American Legion Hall, 5-7 PM Friday, November 17 Buchanan Co. Health Trust Dinner & Auction 20th Annual Celebration, 6 PM, Heartland Acres Event Center, Independence, (319)332-0905, Thursday, November 30 Fairbank Holiday Hop, 5-8 PM



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Friday, December 1 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 December 1-17 Arts on Chatham, downtown Independence, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - first three weekends of December. Open House Dec. 8. Enjoy local artwork. Friday & Saturday, December 1-2 Brandon Christmas Festival Tractor hay rides, free kettle popcorn, cocoa, cookies, entertainment, Santa Claus, (319)474-2387 or 474-2166. Saturday, December 2 Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 AM - noon, sponsored by Buchanan Co. Historical Society, First United Presbyterian Church, Independence.

Christmas at the Depot Christmas at the Illinois Central Depot starts the weekend of Nov. 4-5 in 2017. 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 2017. 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. 4-5 through Dec. 3. Saturdays, 12-8 PM and Sundays 12-5 PM. Closing day, Dec. 3; bidding ends at 3 PM. Join us for our Silver 25th year!

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Saturday, December 2 Kid’s Christmas Shopping & Santa, Legion Hall, Hazleton 1-4 PM.

Day before Easter, Fairbank Easter Bunny Visit, Riverside Park Gazebo, 10 AM, if rain, I.C. Hall. (319)635-2811

Sunday, December 3 Parents Christmas Shopping 1-3 PM, Hazleton Legion Hall.

4th Friday of April. Aurora American Legion Smelt Fry, 4:30-8:30 PM.

Sunday, December 3 Fairbank Community Club Appreciation Day and Santa Visit, Legion Hall, 10-11 AM

April- October, First Sunday of each month, Brandon Trailblazers Saddle Club horse shows. Fun for entire family. Info: Carol Gibbs 319-4723152, email:

Sunday, December 3 Christmas at the Depot (last day), Independence, ends at 3 PM. All holiday items go to the highest bid.

Aurora Historical Society Building, open to public by appointment, (319) 634-3339, (319) 634-3396, or (319) 634-3834.

Friday, December 8 Jingle on Main, Downtown Independence, 5-8 PM. Festivities include Christmas tree lighting, window walk, treats, carriage rides, shopping, more! 319-334-7178.

Each Buchanan County city invites you to attend their celebrations, fish fries, dinners, barbecues, and breakfasts. Other events include dances, plant sales, a variety of fundraisers and garage sales. Be sure to visit their websites or check with local businesses and media for details.

Miscellaneous Events

Nov. & December: Second Sundays. January, February, March: Second & fourth Sundays - Aurora American Legion Pancake Breakfasts. Mid-May - Mid-October Farmers Market in Independence Saturdays 8 AM-12 PM, Wapsipinicon Mill Museum 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

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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

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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 May 16 through October 15, Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4 PM. For special tours and additional information, call 319-334-3439. Christmas at the Depot, sponsored by Buchanan County Tourism, opens Nov. 4 and the following five weekends, closing Dec. 3. Volunteers from all 11 Buchanan County cities decorate 50 small trees and 25 specialty items, available for public bidding, which closes Dec. 3 at 3 PM.

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8 Aurora St. Paul's Lutheran, 109 Prospect St. 319-233-3004 United Methodist, 506 Luella St. 563-924-2870 Brandon Church of Christ, 306 East St. 319-474-2159 United Methodist, 507 Main St. 319-474-2362 Fairbank First Baptist, 202 4th St., South Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 302 W. Main, 319-635-2211 United Methodist, 107 2nd St. N. 319-635-2932 St. John's Lutheran (Mo. Synod), 208 4th St. N. 319-635-2181. Email: Hazleton First Presbyterian, 100 3rd St. SW 319-238-9206 Trinity United Methodist, 209 1st St. NE 319-636-2784 Independence Bethel Baptist, 614 3rd St. NE 319-334-6617

Buchanan County Church Directory

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

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

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

St. James Episcopal, 202 2nd Ave. NE 319-334-4297

First Baptist, 301 2nd St. SE 319-240-7935 or 319-334-2135 First Presbyterian, 115 6th Ave. NW 319-334-3523; First United Methodist, 313 2nd St. SE 319-334-3689 Freedom Baptist (Independent), 210 2nd St. SE, 319-334-3801 email:

St. John's Catholic, 209 5th Ave. NE 319-334-7191 Triumphant Church, SW corner of Hwy. 150 & 20 319-334-2407 Jesup American Lutheran Church, 552 Purdy St. 319-827-6626 Jesup Bible Fellowship, 152 South St. 319-827-6231

Christian Life Church, 1312 5th Ave. NE 319-334-6978

First United Methodist, 455 6th St. 319-827-1675

Hope Wesleyan, 505 4th Ave NE 319-334-7148

First Presbyterian, 643 6th St. 319-827-1701

Immanual Lutheran (ELCA), 512 5th St. NE 319-334-2511

Grace Lutheran, 633 Purdy St. 319-827-1257 Email:

Living Water, 113 2nd Ave NE 319-334-6723

Lamont Grace United Methodist, 745 Washington St. 563-924-2870. Quasqueton Union Protestant Church of Quasqueton 212 E. Cedar 319-934-3558 Hoover Wesleyan, 2898 310th St. (SE of Quasqueton) 319-224-9317 Rowley First Presbyterian, 212 Park Ave. 319-938-2978 United Methodist Church, 201 Rowley St. 319-938-2605 Stanley Union Church, 126 N. Winslow 319-634-3757 Winthrop Church of Christ United, 354 2nd St. N. 319-935-3353 St. Patrick Catholic, 555 1st St. S. 319-935-3523 ChurchWinthrop

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Littleton & Chatham Historical Society 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 will now serve 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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Relay For Life of Buchanan County is an important annual event involving local teams walking to find a cure for cancer. On Friday, June 23, 2017, the local Relay for Life event will be held at Independence High School from 5-10 PM. Stop by the Illinois Central RR Depot 1111 5th Ave., NE in Independence from May 28-June 22, noon-4 PM, to see special silent auction items and gift baskets. This is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Final bidding will be June 23 at the Relay. For more information about Buchanan County Relay for Life, call Donald Mumm 319-334-3888, Cheryl Curry 563-608-0347, or online at

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Aurora 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. The town is known for one of the state’s longest running community 4th of July celebrations (over 50 years!) The old-fashioned family friendly celebration includes truck/tractor pull, kids games, music, fellowship, delicious food, and one of the largest and oldest continuous fireworks displays in the state. It all takes place at the 14acre city park with ample parking and plenty of shade. 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 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-youcan-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

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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, and realtor. Brandon has a Fire Department and First Responders. Brandon City Park, by the water tower, has a newly installed playground and new basketball courts. Brandon Area Community Club sponsors youth ball in the summer at the regulation size, lighted ball field at the park. 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 holds Horse Show is the first Sunday of each Month, April-October. This event is held at the horse arena five miles East of Brandon on D-48. July Show includes 4-H events. 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

Campgrounds & cabins Managed by Buchanan Co. Conservation Board Buchanan County’s three developed campgrounds provide excellent camping in different parts of the county, at very reasonable fees. For information, call 319-636-2617. Fontana Park is a mile south of Hazleton off Highway 150. It has a shower house with flush toilets and a dump station. Fishing is popular and the nature center is open weekend afternoons. Campers can walk to the live animal display, nature trails, and a playground. Fontana has some reservable sites, but all other campsites are available on a first-come basis. Most weekends, campground hosts are available. Sustainable Living Cabins at Fontana offer overnight comfort with solar electricity and energy efficiency. Cabins have a private drive, two private bedrooms, living/dining room, bathroom with shower, and porch. Call 319-636-2617 to reserve a cabin or campsite. Fontana Park camping fees: $18 night w/electricity; $12 night w/o electricity; $5 reservation fee. Cabins: Jan. 1 - April 14 $65 night weekends (two night minimum); $55 night weekdays; $300 per week. April 15-Dec. 31 $75 night weekends and holidays (2 night minimum); $65 night weekdays; $350/week. Jakway Forest Campground, south of Aurora, has a shower house and dump station and serves as a storm shelter. Jakway is a picturesque, shaded campground featuring stately oak trees, nestled in the vast Jakway Forest. Campers can walk self-guided and forest trails. Buffalo Creek

winds through the forest. Campers can play the nine-hole disc golf course, fish in the creek or in the old quarry pond, walk to the playground, use the shelter house, and view historic Richardson-Jakway House and grounds. A wildlife observation blind is in the woodland. Buffalo Creek Golf Course is a 10-minute drive. Camping fees at Jakway Forest: $18 night with electricity; $12 night without electricity. Lime Creek Campground, north of Brandon, has a nice, peaceful campground. Not far from Cedar Valley Nature Trail, campers may want to bring bicycles. Just a couple miles away is Koutny Pond the county’s largest public fishing lake. Lime Creek meanders through the park. A playground and shelter house are available in the campground. Camping fees at Lime Creek: $14 night with electricity; $8 night without electricity. Natural Areas - Visitors are encouraged to visit the many public prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and streams protected and managed by Buchanan County Conservation Board. All provide excellent wildlife habitat, and places to hike, hunt, fish, and explore. Some contain rare land formations and wildlife species. There are 40 separate parks and natural areas in Buchanan County. The Wapsipinicon River through Buchanan County is a designated state Water Trail, and water trail guides are available for use by paddlers and other river users. For information regarding Buchanan County Conservation’s parks and natural areas, including upcoming events and maps, call (319) 636-2617.

Explore the Wapsi! The Wapsipinicon River is a natural resource gem in the rural landscape of Eastern Iowa and is known locally as “the Wapsi.” The river corridor in Buchanan County is famous for its quality backwater wetlands and associated woodland habitat, and is listed as a Protected Water Area (PWA). The wooded corridor provides wildlife habitat and quality fishing for Buchanan and several other counties. 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 the prominent natural feature in Buchanan County, with many public areas. Call 319-636-2617 for information about public lands along the Wapsi.

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Buchanan County Courthouse

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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Fairbank is in the northwest 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. If you desire a leisurely afternoon on the water, there is a canoe ramp near the park bridge, which offers river access above the dam. Bentley Park is located on the “Old Mill Property� on both sides of the river, adjacent to the dam. Riverside Park, south of Main Street along west side of the river, features a gazebo and trail, which crosses the street and runs through Bentley Park. The new 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 five churches, a well trained, well equipped fire department with a state-of-the-art ambulance and rescue unit, a 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 23-25 in 2017, with parade, dances, midway, food and plenty of fun,

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. Flea Market 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 Flea Market Days or by calling City Hall at 319-636-2559. 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 a visit from Santa. Hazleton Veteran Park 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 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.

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Popular events include Friday Night Live, 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 riverside stroll along the Wapsipinicon, relax and listen to tunes 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. 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

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 unique businesses and services including a hospital, stores and shops, 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-theart 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.

--Downtown Tour is great for class reunion or other groups. Tours begin at Wapsipinicon Mill; stop by the Mill or go to --Heritage Trail (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. --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.)

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--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.

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Independence RV Park & Campground is on Hwy. 150 along the Wapsipinicon River. Campground amenities include men’s and women’s restroom and shower facilities, open air 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 Independence Parks and Recreation (319)334-6711.


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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Buchanan County

Buchanan County Iowa State University & Outreach brings the resources and expertise of Iowa State University to area residents. LocatedinHeartlandAcresAgribitionCenterinIndependence,Extension&Outreachisavailabletoworkwithallpeople,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! 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 youth on healthy living, STEM, citizenship & leadership, and communications and the arts. A large part of the Buchanan County Fair, be sure to support local youth by attending a livestock show, visiting the 4-H building for all the completed projects, and bidding at the auctions! We also coordinate the Buchanan County Master Gardeners horticulture programs and events. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who donate their 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!

R.A.S.H Ride Come join Buchanan County for the 15th Annual R.A.S.H. Ride on June 10, 2017, 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,



Littleton and Otterville. A Lions/Rotary Club breakfast is held before the event, starting at 7:30 AM. Riders may come to Independence Friday evening to either camp or stay at local accommodations. Over 500 riders are expected. There are registration fees that support Buchanan County Four Season Trails Association, which in turn, helps build trails in Buchanan County. Find more information on routes, registration, and available accommodations at





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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, quiltrelated 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 110 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 very own? Contact the Buchanan County Extension office at (319) 334-7161, email or visit 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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stone quern, water powered flat grinding process using stone buhrs, and the modernization of steam or electric power using the steel roller process. The miller’s goal was to improve the production and quality of his finished product. The interior reveals hand hewn timbers and superb craftsmanship, post and beam construction throughout, complete with square nails and large wooden pegs. Visitors are astounded by the natural beauty of this extraordinary treasure. This mill is an excellent example of each phase in the development of milling for the education of future generations. Participate in operating a hand cranked corn sheller, grind corn, or sift ground corn to make corn meal. Unique photo exhibits, interactive displays and interpretive exhibits plus numerous Pioneer agricultural artifacts awaits you. The Wapsipinicon Mill is a significant historical landmark placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The museum offers visitors, both young and old a glimpse of Iowa’s rich agricultural history and connects them to life during the Pioneer grist milling area. After touring the mill, visitors can take a relaxing stroll along the adjacent scenic river-walk parks or a short walk to historic downtown Independence. The Mill, at 100 1st Street West, Independence, is owned by the Buchanan County Historical Society. It is open mid-May through mid-September, 12-4 PM daily, closed Mondays. Volunteers are on duty and donations are accepted. The Mill is a “Partner Site” of Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. For more information, call 319-334-4616 or visit www. or Facebook at WAPSI MILL.


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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.

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 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 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 Jesup City Hall, 791 6th St., Jesup IA 50648, 319-827-1522, Lamont City Hall, 64 Bush St., Lamont IA 50650, 563-924-2364 Quasqueton City Hall, 113 N. Water St., Quasqueton IA 52326, 319-9343340, 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

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. Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based nonprofit organization established in 1937 to accomplish community betterment. The Chamber pursues this mission through business enhancement, economic development, and community events. 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.


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Buchanan County Public Libraries

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, 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 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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Buchanan County Fair

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Fun for the whole family ... 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 2017 include the appearance of Lee Brice on Saturday July 8, and Christian recording artist Zach Williams July 9. Don’t miss the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit, the Dock Dogs Canine Aquatic competition, carnival, and so much more! Gather friends and family and come to the fair for a whole lot of fun! Visit Check out the fair on Facebook, too!

Buchanan County Fair 4-H Schedule Following are 4-H events open to the public, held at Fairgrounds in Independence. Go to www. for complete fair schedule. Tuesday, June 27 6 PM Horse Show (Games) Friday, June 30 9 AM - 2 PM Horse Pleasure

Saturday, July 1 1-5:30 PM Dog Show (Obedience, Rally, Grooming, Handling) Wednesday, July 5 1-2:30 PM Dairy Goat Show 2:30-4:30 PM Meat Goat Show 5-7:30 PM Poultry Show 6-7 PM Exhibitor Supper Thursday, July 6 6 AM-1 PM Pie Baking, 4-H Building 8-11 AM Swine Show, 1-3 PM Sheep Show 3:30-5 PM Rabbit Show 6 PM Pie Auction

Friday, July 7 8-8:30 AM Beef Bucket Bottle Show 8:30 AM-1:00 PM Beef Show Noon-6 PM Petting Zoo, Dairy Barn 2:30-3:30 PM Cat/Pet Show 4-5:30 PM Dog Agility/Costume Saturday, July 8 8 AM Dairy Bucket Bottle Show, 8:30-11 AM Dairy Show, Noon-6 PM Petting Zoo, Dairy Barn 11 AM-1:00 PM Livestock Auction 2 PM Livestock Judging Sunday, July 9 11:30 AM Master Showmanship 3 PM Jr. Fun Day (ALL) 4-H schedule is subject to change, check for updates at buchanan


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 2017 racing season at Independence Motor Speedway. The season began on April 8, and was followed by weekly events through August. The Buchanan County Fair race will be held July 5, with free grandstand admission after you enter the fairgrounds. The season awards banquet is scheduled for Nov. 11, 2017.

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The Right Place for a Change of Pace Jesup, the second largest town in Buchanan County, is 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 6, 7, 8 in 2017 with parade, rides, kids games, musical entertainment, food, and much more. This year, Farmers Day includes a special HAAI Shark Encounter under the Sea, the only traveling shark encounter in the U.S.! More information at www. or Jesup has over 100 businesses, Jesup Community and St. Anthanasius schools, six churches, medical clinic, assisted living facility, newspaper, dental office, veterinary clinic, chiropractic clinics, country club, tennis courts, soccer and softball/baseball complex. A new health clinic is now under construction. The town offers a supermarket, convenience stores, banks, and many other businesses. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors events throughout the year. Jesup has many parks and a modern library with a community meeting room, public access computers, story hour, summer reading program, home delivery of materials, children’s videos and more. Jesup Community Recreation Program through the school, provides activities for youth. Jesup Rec offers over 20 programs that involve 900 students each year in grades PreK - 12. Continuity of service: RFSW & Co. has been providing accounting and payroll services for over Jesup has a Lions Club, American Legion Post, Boys and Girls 40 years with a continued commitment to excellence. Experience: 7 inhouse CPA’s Scouts, and Even Dozen and Rural Women’s Study Clubs are Knowledge: Over 650 annual hours of Continuing Professional Education, we’ll get affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. the tax credits you have earned Growth and improvements are ongoing with revitalization in 11 In house Staff Professionals: Highly visible offices and tenured seasoned staff downtown area, expansion in the industrial park and new housing Confidentiality: Strictest level of confidentiality and trust additions. Jesup is focused on growth and positive change while Friendly courteous staff: Questions? A live person to talk with regarding your Individual Tax Return maintaining its small town charm and values. Located within Record Retention: RFSW & Co. will electronically store your valuable Financial information on our Document Management System available when you need it! minutes of Independence, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids, it is a What matters to you is all that matters to us! popular choice for people who enjoy the easy pace of a small Convenience: 3 convenient locations town without sacrificing the conveniences of a big city. What do you have to do? Come by or call one of our 3 locations and drop off your financial data Jesup’s schools are progressive and achievement-oriented with or arrange for a preliminary tax appointment with one of our experienced preparers! early childhood center, all-weather track and athletic training It’s just that easy! center. The sports complex is one of the finest around. Its city 14 East Charles St., Oelwein | 641 Young Street, Jesup | 819 First Street East Independence (319) 283-1173 (319) 827-6600 (319) 334-4211 government is strong and effective and its recreational options are many. A city hall (handicapped accessible) and community WWW.RFSW.COM center were recently built in downtown Jesup.

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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 Katie Savago 563-920-1848.

Captain D. S. Lee Mansion

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 in the 800 block of 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. The public is invited to enjoy the property on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 for Art Under The Oaks, a juried art show on the lovely grounds. 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.




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Oldest Town in the County

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. 16, 2017. The City will commemorate its 175-year anniversary with a celebration August 17-20, 2017. There are lots of fun events planned including a parade at 10 AM on Saturday. Brave souls have a howling ghoul time at Quasky Community Club haunted house fundraiser the weekends of Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 2017. 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, 2017. 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. In 1902, this railroad became the Rock Island and Post Office Depot and 10 neat farmhouses made up the town. The station opened for business June 17, 1873. New stockyards and chutes were built in 1880. Lack of business resulted in removing the passenger trains in 1925, but Rowley prospered until the 1929 stock market crash. The depot closed in 1959 and was sold and dismantled in 1961. 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. The Rowley Historical Society is open Sundays 11 AM - 2 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. Rowley Days 2017 is July 14-16, and offers family fun including an 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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Celebrate 150 years 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 maidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trademark organic style of architecture. Ethereal views of the Wapsipinicon River from window walls that incorporate natural light and dissolve barriers inviting the beauty of nature inside. Cedar Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 May into October. Call (319) 934-3572 or email to make your reservation. 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. Winthrop Historical Center is open during Winthrop Days and other events. It offers many displays that reflect the area’s rich history. For information or arrange a tour, call 319-290-1178. 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 Days celebration in 2017 is June 16-17 with activities including open house at historical center, inflatables, face painting, parade, barrel train, petting zoo, games, music, fireworks, great food, and much more! Information at Winthrop Public Library, an Iowa STAR Library, is known for children’s programming, computer technology and a current collection of materials. Come “check out” what is going on at the library! East Buchanan School District serves the communities of Aurora, Monti, Quasqueton, and Winthrop, covers 137 square miles, and enrolls over 550 students. Community support is provided by the PT0, Athletic and Fine Arts Boosters, Dollars for Scholars, Buccaneer Foundation, East Buchanan Mat Club, FFA and extensive volunteer/ mentoring program. Buffalo Creek Golf Course, north of Winthrop, is a 9-hole course featuring 2,710 yards of golf. Winthrop has a post office, newspaper, grocery store/deli, bank, funeral homes, greenhouse, furniture store, medical clinic, telephone co-op, lumber mill, lettering/sign business, haircutting 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.

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ATV/UTV - Bicycle - Snowmobile Trails in Buchanan County 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:, 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 Governed by Wapsipinicon Snowmobile Association, there are many snowmobile trails in Buchanan County. For information, contact Ted Thoma at 563-920-5384.

East Buchanan School District serves the communities of Aurora, Monti, Quasqueton, and Winthrop, covering 137 square miles and enrolling over 550 students. 6tate-of-the-art elementary addition completed 2011. GREAT school with GREAT teachers and GREAT community support provided by PT0, Fine Arts Boosters, Sports Boosters, Dollars for Scholars, Buccaneer Foundation, and an extensive volunteer and mentoring program.

21st Century Skills for 21st Century Careers

East Buchanan offers a strong curriculum, Ag studies, VSRUWVDQG¿QHDUWVDQGPXFKPRUH

Developing students to not just be consumers of knowledge - to become producers of knowledge.

Our Mission To challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively, develop values, and contribute to society. 319.935.3367




Fiber Optic connections to homes and businesses throughout our area.


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Since 1902, Farmers Mutual Telephone has been providing members with reliable and affordable communication services. Farmers Mutual Telephone has grown to encompass much more than simple audio communication. We are proud to announce the name change to HEARTLAND TECHNOLOGY. Our new name helps us reach out in the new digital age, as we pay respect to our history, and expand our footprint with future products and services. State of the art ďŹ ber optic service connects our customers to the world.

LET US HELP YOU STAY CONNECTED. 541 Young Street, PO Box 249, Jesup, IA 50648 | Phone 319.827.1151 |

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