Loren Horton Community History Award

On May 14th, The Waukee Area Historical Society received the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award. The annual achievement is presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees, for an outstanding contribution to community history through a local history...
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June is Waukee History Month

At the May 19th Waukee City Council meeting, Waukee Mayor Bill Peard presented an official Proclamation declaring June as Waukee History Month! We are excited to have each June as another reason to celebrate our rich history. We hope that area businesses and organizations will...
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JH Carter Hardware Store

Late 1800 Businesses in Waukee – Part 2

In reading old records of this era, the last 1800’s, this was by far the best growth period for the town of Waukee. Here is an interesting account of a tour of Waukee written by a reporter, taken from a newspaper of April 15, 1891. “First, I dropped into J. R. Morrison’s Grain...
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JH Carter

Late 1800 Businesses in Waukee – Part 1

The following is a list of the businesses in Waukee in the late 1800’s (1870’s, 1880’s and 1890’s). As you will observe from the large number of business houses, it was considered a “boom town” exhibiting great promise for further growth and expansion. General Stores: A.T....
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1879 County Map

The History of Waukee: From Shirley to Waukee

The Des Moines Valley Railroad completed building into Des Moines on Aug. 29, 1866.  The railroad started from Keokuk in 1856 but because of the Civil War, progress was slowed.  Headquarters were in Keokuk with D.W. Kilbourne serving as president, and General Reid and Colonel...
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South Side of Triangle

Businesses of the Early 1900s

General Stores: E. G. Crispin & Duncan (1900-1928), S. C. Brumfields; (G. E. Little had a jewelry store inside the Brumfield General Store) Garages: Kinney & Grosscup Auto Co. (Dodge Cars) Groceries: I. A. Kenyon Physicians: George T. McMahon; Dr. Alfred Price...
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Interesting Advertisements from the Waukee Ledger in the early 1900’s

Get your Plymoth Rock setting eggs at MacManus, 15 eggs for 50 cents. Farmers – Get wise to the fact that I not only carry in stock, Single Harness, but sell the to those in need of same. If your harness needs oiling, I handle the Oil. If you are in need of anything in this line,...
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Crispin & Duncan General Store

County Seat War

Over the years, Dallas Center, Waukee and Perry tried to promote their towns as the most logical place for the county seat. In February 1893, Waukee made a very serious effort to get the county seat away from Adel.  M. J. Wragg visited around the county to promote Waukee.  It was...
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Railroads – Part 2

In March, 1880 it was reported the narrow gauge railroad has built an elevated track to improve handling of grain transfers. In November, 1880 it was reported that work on an engine house was progressing nicely. The bricks coming from Adel, the lumber from Minneapolis. Mr....
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Railroads

It would not be a complete history of Waukee without relating more history of the two railroads that cross in our fair city. From September, 1963, “Palimpset” a monthly publication of The State Historical Society of Iowa, a story was found about the Rock Island in Iowa. Since the...
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