Long Grove, Iowa

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Long Grove, Iowa
City
Location of Long Grove, Iowa
Location of Long Grove, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°41′49″N 90°35′6″W / 41.69694°N 90.58500°W / 41.69694; -90.58500Coordinates: 41°41′49″N 90°35′6″W / 41.69694°N 90.58500°W / 41.69694; -90.58500
Country USA
State  Iowa
County Scott
Government
 • Mayor Ida Weibel
Area[1]
 • City 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 794 ft (242 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 808
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 821
 • Density 792.2/sq mi (305.9/km2)
 • Metro 382,630 (135th)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52756
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-46425
GNIS feature ID 0458594

Long Grove is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 808 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Long Grove is located at 41°41′49″N 90°35′6″W / 41.69694°N 90.58500°W / 41.69694; -90.58500 (41.696806, −90.584974).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), all of it land.[1]

Education[edit]

Long Grove is part of the North Scott School District. Elementary-aged students from the city and adjoining nearby areas attend Alan Shepard Elementary. Junior high and high school students attend the North Scott Junior High and North Scott High School located in Eldridge.

Culture[edit]

The town's annual celebration represents Long Grove's claim to fame: The Strawberry Festival. Held the second Sunday each June, the day kicks off at 9 am with the Strawberry Stampede – youth fun/competitive fitness footraces followed by a parade at 11:15 am. Area strawberry farmers sell strawberries, there are games for children, a children's Strawberry Pageant, Trivia Contest, Raffle, Strawberry Cooking Contest, petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides, and a variety of entertainment groups throughout the day. Community organizations provide a wide variety of food choices. Strawberry shortcake, ice cream, kettle corn and other foods are available throughout the day.

Another attraction is the Alexander Brownlie Sod House, on the city's north side. The sod house was built by the Brownlie Brothers dates from Iowa's prairie days of the 1830s. The house, which is open for tours, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located approximately six miles north and east of Long Grove is the Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, at the north edge of Scott County Park. The village, a re-creation of an 1860s Scott County cross-roads settlement and stage coach, is made up of 18 historic buildings including an old church, a bank, a train depot and boardwalk of shops. Numerous events are scheduled throughout the year.

Scott County Park is a 1,280-acre (5 km2) county park that offers numerous amenities and camping facilities.

Organizations include the Lion Grove Lions Club, the Long Grove Civic League, the Long Grove Sportsman's Club and the Cub Scouts.

Government[edit]

Long Grove has a mayor-council form of government, and meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at city hall. The city also has fire and police protection.

Also representing city interests are:

  • A park board, which has raised funds for new playground equipment and beautifying the city's parks
  • Plan and Zone Commission, which meets on the third Monday of each month.

History[edit]

Long Grove gets its name from the long, narrow strip of timber, which stretched from Walnut Grove (northeast of where Scott County Park now lies) to Allens Grove, several miles to the northwest.

Alexander and James Brownlie came to the area in August 1838, having followed the Mississippi River to the mouth of the Wapsipinicon River, then west along its banks. The two purchased a nearby timber ridge from a man named coats, settling the claim for $160 plus timberland and all the prairie they wished to own. The first log cabin was built shortly thereafter, in a cluster of trees at the east edge of the timber, just south of the original townsite.

A stage road, from Davenport to DeWitt and Dubuque passed through the village and a blacksmith shop and harness shop once lined the streets.

In the late 1860s, the railroad was extended from Davenport to Long Grove. The town, which had not been platted, was finally platted in the 1890s, though on a very loose basis.

A major incident in the city's history took place in December 1921, with the robbery of the Stockman's Savings Bank. Stories varied on what happened, but what is known for sure is that the two suspects were killed by a posse immediately after they attempted to hold up the bank.

The city remained a quiet farming community for many years, but has seen growth in the past 35 years. Along with the opening of Alan Shepard Elementary School, many new homes have been built on all four sides of the city.

Churches[edit]

St. Ann's Catholic Church and Cemetery

Churches located in or near Long Grove are:

  • Long Grove Christian Church.
  • St. Ann's Catholic Church, two miles (3 km) north of the city limits.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1920 158 —    
1930 134 −15.2%
1940 139 +3.7%
1950 156 +12.2%
1960 182 +16.7%
1970 269 +47.8%
1980 596 +121.6%
1990 605 +1.5%
2000 597 −1.3%
2010 808 +35.3%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 808 people, 281 households, and 244 families residing in the city. The population density was 792.2 inhabitants per square mile (305.9 /km2). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 281.4 per square mile (108.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 281 households of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 13.2% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 32.2% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 597 people, 205 households, and 175 families residing in the city. The population density was 707.2 people per square mile (274.4/km²). There were 208 housing units at an average density of 246.4 per square mile (95.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.66% White, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 205 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.18.

31.2% were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $65,250, and the median income for a family was $68,125. Males had a median income of $44,821 versus $30,156 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,041. About 1.3% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

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