• The J.H. Carter Store, located on the North side of the Waukee Triangle, sold grain and livestock.
  • A picture of the railroad and railroad workers.
  • This is how the Bank of Waukee looked during these years.
  • Horse drawn school buses sit in front of the Waukee School in 1917.
  • This is an aerial view of Waukee looking to the Southeast.
  • A whistle blew to indicate the beginning of a shift, lunch break, and the end of the day. Any other time the whistle blew meant there was an accident in the mine.
  • A large number of Italians moved to Waukee to work in the mine, as well as Croatians, Swedes, and various other immigrants.
  • This is an aerial view of the city of Waukee.
  • Women seemed to can all year long and made almost all of the family's food from scratch, including bread, cheese, and pasta. Families also butchered hogs to make their own salami and sausage, grinding the meat with a hand grinder.
  • Many women worked at restaurants to supplement a family's income. There were two restaurants: Alice's Spaghetti Land and Rosie's. Both were popular with locals and mining families. The staff wore starched white uniforms with white shoes.
  • The sign as you entered Waukee in 1980s.
The Waukee Area Historical Society was formed to preserve and share the history of Waukee and the surrounding community. Click here to learn more.
We'd love for you to browse through our photo galleries and read a few stories from our history. Click here to learn more.
We host a number of events throughout the year, and would love to see you there. Click here to learn more.

A Few Fun Facts About Waukee