Jefferson, IA

Town in Greene County, IA

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Sponsors of Jefferson, IA

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About Jefferson, IA

In 1849 the first family located in Greene County. Truman and May Davis moved up the Raccoon River valley from Adel and built a cabin for their six children. Shortly thereafter, several farm families followed up the river. They purchased land from the federal government for $1.25 per acre.

A city in Dubuque County had already registered to name their community “Jefferson”, therefore the Post Office Department rejected the new community. Jefferson became the county seat for Greene County in 1854 when the Dubuque community died out.

By 1856 fifteen more families arrived. A dry goods store, several craft shops, and a courthouse were built for the new county seat. In 1857, the first school met in the courthouse, and the weekly mail was established from Adel. In 1859, the first Greene County pork went to the U.S. markets and the first printing press and newspaper started.

Greene County had a population of 1,400 in 1861. When the Civil War began 150 men from the county were sent to fight for the Union. When the South surrendered in 1866, the Union Pacific Railroad helped ship goods and people to Jefferson. Greene County’s population had grown to 12,727 and Jefferson’s population was 1,444 by 1880.

By 1886, Jefferson had two banks, two newspapers, eight lawyers, five physicians, two dentists, eight teachers, five restaurants, two meat markets, seven groceries, three hardware stores, four general stores, two feed stores, two clothing stores, two shoe and boot stores, two blacksmiths, three drugstores, two furniture stores, two jewelers, two barbers, two hotels, tow opera houses, a creamery, a saloon, a post office, a bookstore, a secondhand store, a post office, a bookstore, a secondhand store, a billiard parlor, an abstracts and loan office, a photographer, several painters, a sewing machine shop and an organ shop.

Greene County’s population peaked at 17,820 residents in 1900.

Businesses of Jefferson, IA

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Community Organizations of Jefferson, 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 Jefferson, 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 Jefferson, 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 Jefferson, 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!

Greene 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 Greene County, IA page.

Veterans of Greene 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!