Parkersburg, Iowa

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Parkersburg, Iowa
City
Downtown Parkersburg
Downtown Parkersburg
Location of Parkersburg, Iowa
Location of Parkersburg, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°34′28″N 92°47′12″W / 42.57444°N 92.78667°W / 42.57444; -92.78667Coordinates: 42°34′28″N 92°47′12″W / 42.57444°N 92.78667°W / 42.57444; -92.78667
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Butler
Incorporated December 7, 1874 [1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.42 sq mi (3.68 km2)
 • Land 1.42 sq mi (3.68 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,870
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,929
 • Density 1,316.9/sq mi (508.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50665
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-61590
GNIS feature ID 0460029

Parkersburg is a city in Butler County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,870 in the 2010 census, a decline from 1,889 in the 2000 census. Parkersburg, although not the county seat, has the highest population of all the cities in Butler County.[5][6]

History[edit]

The first known settlers to the Parkersburg area were John Connell and his son William, who built a log cabin in 1857. A railroad company surveyed the area in the early 1860s. A depot was erected in 1865 and two railroads, the Illinois Central and the Chicago North Western, were built through the town. The town was soon platted and recorded and given the name of "Parkersburg" in honor of Pascal P. Parker, a prominent settler and the town's first postmaster. The first major business was a hotel built by Thomas Williams, called The Williams House. Later it became known as the Commercial House.[7] Parkersburg was incorporated on December 7, 1874.[1]

The first "School House" was built in the 1860s. Parkersburg became an independent school district in the Spring of 1871. A new school was built in 1872. This building burned beyond repair on October 9, 1893 in the "great fire of Parkersburg" which also destroyed most of the business district. In 1894 a modern, three-story, brick structure was built. In 1930 the school added an auditorium and gymnasium.[7]

The first electric power was furnished by the Parkersburg Electric Light & Power Company, composed of local citizens who built the plant in 1898 at a cost of ten thousand dollars. Parkersburg's roads were paved around 1920. The first water tower only had a capacity of 40,000 gallons.[7]

2008 tornado[edit]

Parkersburg tornado after it struck the city (NWS Des Moines)

Seven people died in Parkersburg and two in nearby New Hartford[8][9] from injuries sustained when a confirmed EF5 tornado[10] struck the cities on May 25, 2008. At least 70 injuries were reported, and the city's south part was turned into rubble. Over 400 homes were damaged, the roof was taken off the high school, and the gym was destroyed. The surviving residents were evacuated while the rescue operation was in progress.[11]

The local water utility called the Iowa Rural Water Association for assistance after the city went on a boiled water notice. Utility infrastructure was left largely intact, but the tornado and clean-up efforts damaged the connections in numerous homes.[12]

Geography[edit]

Parkersburg's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.574419, -92.786729.[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.42 square miles (3.68 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Parkersburg
Historical Populations
Census Pop.
1880 652
1890 760 16.6%
1900 1,164 53.2%
1910 938 −19.4%
1920 1,108 18.1%
1930 1,046 −5.6%
1940 1,260 20.5%
1950 1,300 3.2%
1960 1,468 12.9%
1970 1,631 11.1%
1980 1,968 20.7%
1990 1,804 −8.3%
2000 1,889 4.7%
2010 1,870 −1.0%
Iowa Data Center [6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,870 people, 779 households, and 529 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,316.9 inhabitants per square mile (508.5 /km2). There were 870 housing units at an average density of 612.7 per square mile (236.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 779 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 18.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

Exchange Bank and pharmacy buildings, Parkersburg.

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 1,889 people, 811 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,655.7 people per square mile (639.8/km²). There were 850 housing units at an average density of 745.0 per square mile (287.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.99% White, 0.11% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 811 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age spread: 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,083, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $31,949 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,978. About 5.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Schwartz Memorial Park on the east end of town contains a small pond. Beaver Meadows Golf Course and Campground lies just north of Beaver Creek on the north side of Parkersburg, including a spillway frequented by the locals.[15]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Parkersburg is located at the junction of Iowa Highway 14 and Iowa Highway 57 just north of U.S. Route 20 at exit 208 (IA 14).[16]

Notable people[edit]

Ed Thomas[edit]

Tragically, national attention was focused on Parkersburg on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, when a disgruntled 24-year-old former football player walked into the weight room with at least 20 students inside at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and mortally shot the high school's football coach, Ed Thomas, who died later at Covenant Hospital in nearby Waterloo.

Other notables

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parkersburg-Iowa". City-Data. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "History". Parkersburg Iowa. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "EF5/F5 Tornadoes in Iowa". National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service. 2009-05-13. 
  9. ^ "Six Months Later: Parkersburg Tornado Claims Ninth Victim". KCRG. 2009-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Parkersburg Tornado Rated EF5". National Weather Service. 2008-05-27. 
  11. ^ "Parkersburg residents pulling together following tornado". KWWL. 2008-05-26. 
  12. ^ "Rural water technicians restoring water to tornado-ravaged town". National Rural Water Association. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Recreation". Parkersburg Iowa. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Parkersburg, Iowa". mapquest. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  17. ^ Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. "Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway". Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  18. ^ "WV town helps sister city in tornado recovery". June 1, 2008. 

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