Coon Rapids, IA

Town in Carroll County, IA

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Sponsors of Coon Rapids, IA

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About Coon Rapids, IA

Coon Rapids is scenically settled among the rolling hills of the Middle Raccoon River. Established in 1863 by two savvy Carrollton residents, Crocket Ribble and Jacob Cretsinger, Coon Rapids began with a saw and gristmill near the Middle Racoon River. When a rail line was built about a half mile southwest of the village, a boom began as farmers became merchants and tradesmen, bringing newcomers to the area. The downtown area was filled with two- and three-story brick buildings and offered an array of shops, services, and amenities. By the early twentieth century, Coon Rapids was the dominant trading center between Perry and Manning. From a simple market and trading point, Coon Rapids had become the economic, social, recreational, and service center for the four county areas. During the 1930s and 1940s, Coon Rapids played host to the conversion of old-style family farms to modern agribusiness with the formation of Garst and Thomas Seed Company. By the mid-1950s, the community was transformed into the headquarters of Garst Seed Company as it expanded into an international company. In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev came to Coon Rapids to visit his friend Roswell Garst and learn about growing corn and feeding livestock. Garst was helping the US’s most feared enemy improve their food production, in a citizen diplomacy effort he called “Peace through Corn.” The Coon Rapids visit was one of the most publicized stops on Khrushchev’s historic 1959 tour of the United States and more than 400 news journalists were on site for the visit. After the conclusion of the visit, Llewellyn Thompson, then the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, stated that the visit to the Garst farm was one of the most significant parts of Khrushchev's journey to the United States. This visit, combined with plummeting yields from Soviet agriculture, helped to lead Khrushchev to attempt an overhaul of the Soviet agricultural system. Coon Rapids enjoyed the steady employment provided by the Garst Seed Company for many years. The seed corn company succumbed to several buyouts at the end of century and into the next. Hartung Brothers now owns what is left of the original seed corn business in Coon Rapids. Twenty-first-century Coon Rapids lives on the tenacity and commitment of its residents. Hartung Brothers, POET Biorefining, ET Products, and other local industries remain strong in large part to a dedicated and productive local workforce. Decedents of Roswell Garst turned 5,500 acres of rural and native land into a land trust known as Whiterock Conservancy. Whiterock Conservancy promises greater interest in Coon Rapids through its opportunities for year-round outdoor activities that include mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and camping. City leaders and residents continue to work to improve the quality of life in the community with the expectation that Coon Rapids will remain a viable rural Iowa town far into the future.

Businesses of Coon Rapids, IA

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Community Organizations of Coon Rapids, IA

Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Coon Rapids, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Coon Rapids, IA

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Coon Rapids, IA

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Carroll County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Carroll County, IA page.

Veterans of Carroll County, IA

Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!