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About Anamosa

Anamosa, Iowa

 

 

 

Anamosa is a city in Jones County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,533 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jones County

 

 

 

 

 

Anamosa, Iowa
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1886 Peabody City Hall, in 2010
1886 Peabody City Hall, in 2010
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What is now Anamosa was founded as the settlement of Buffalo Forks in 1838 and incorporated as Lexington in 1856. Lexington was a popular name for towns at that time, so when Lexington chose to become incorporated as a city in 1877, the name was changed to Anamosa to avoid mail delivery confusion. There are many stories on how Anamosa was chosen as a name. Some believe it was named for a local Native American girl named Anamosa, meaining "white fawn", while others say it means "You walk with me."

The romantic origin of the naming of the town of Anamosa comes from its early history. A Native American family was passing through town in 1842. The family stayed at the Ford House. The little girl, a Native American Princess, named Anamosa, endeared herself to the townspeople and following the family's departure from town, local citizens decided to name their town after her.

The Wapsipinicon River flows through Anamosa. According to legend, a Native American maiden and her lover threw themselves off a bluff overlooking the Wapsipinicon River; one was named Wapsi, the other Pinicon. Origins of this legend are unconfirmed.

Anamosa was named the Pumpkin Capital of Iowa by the Iowa State Legislature in 1993 and hosts Pumpkinfest, a pumpkin festival and weigh-off, each October.

Anamosa was named the last over-night city for RAGBRAI XL for 2012.

The Anamosa Boot Hill Cemetery is still open today and is northwest of the town

 

 

 

 

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Anamosa's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.108954, -91.281476. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2), of which, 2.60 square miles (6.73 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

The Wapsipinicon River runs through the city of Anamosa. Anamosa is served by U.S. Route 151 and Iowa Highway 64.

 

 

 

 

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Anamosa State Penitentiary

Anamosa is home to the Anamosa State Penitentiary, formerly known as the Iowa Men's Reformatory, a medium/maximum security prison that is the largest in Iowa, housing over 1,200 male inmates. Anamosa State Penitentiary was home to infamous criminal John Wayne Gacy. It was established in 1872 and constructed from locally quarried Anamosa Limestone in the style of a castle, inspiring its nickname as "The White Palace of the West". The prison grounds also house the Anamosa State Penitenitiary Museum, which contains artifacts and exhibits on prison life from throughout its history.

Motorcycles are a common sight in Anamosa. Anamosa is home to J&P Cycles who supply aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories. In addition to J&P Cycles the National Motorcycle Museum, which features over 300 vintage motorcycles, including the original "Captain America bike" from the movie Easy Rider.

Anamosa was the birthplace and burial place of the regionalist artist Grant Wood; he is buried in Riverside Cemetery, under a large monument of a recumbent lion. Visitors can view a collection of satirical interpretations of his most famous workAmerican Gothic at the Grant Wood Art Gallery on Main Street.

The unincorporated town of Stone City is located a few miles northwest of Anamosa and was the location for some of Grant Wood's paintings. Historic buildings built of local stone are still standing. The quarry that supplied the limestone still exists today as Weber Stone Company.

Wapsipinicon State Park is located on the southwest edge of the city. The Hale Bridge is located inside of the Wapsipinicon Park. The Iowa Army National Guard flew the three spans of the Hale Bridge from the Olin/Hale staging areas to the new home across the Wapsipinicon River at the Wapsipinicon State Park in Anamosa, Iowa by helicopter

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamosa,_Iowa



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