Amber, Iowa

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Amber, Iowa
Amber is located in Iowa
Amber is located in the United States
Coordinates: 42°07′41″N 91°10′49″W / 42.12806°N 91.18028°W / 42.12806; -91.18028Coordinates: 42°07′41″N 91°10′49″W / 42.12806°N 91.18028°W / 42.12806; -91.18028
CountryUnited States
1,027 ft (313 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 ((CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)319
GNIS feature ID454164[1]

Amber is an unincorporated community in Jones County, Iowa, United States. It is located northeast of Anamosa, northwest of Center Junction, south of Monticello and north of Olin. Amber is located approximately in the center of Jones County.


What would become Amber started with the Midland railroad depot of the Chicago & North-Western Railway. The founders of Amber were the Hartmans, the Sanfords and J.C. Ramsey. Mrs. C.E. Sanford & son opened a general store and J.C. Ramsey was the agent for the Midland depot. The post office was established in 1873 with T. Hartman being the first postmaster, he was also a trustee for Wayne Township. Originally called Blue Cut, due to a wide strip of blue clay nearby, the name was changed to Amber on July 1, 1878.[2] Amber was named after a character in a novel that a resident had read.[3]

Hula Hoop Tree[edit]

Amber was the home of the Hula Hoop Tree from 2015 until it was cut down in 2020. The lifeless tree which was made so after having been set ablaze not long after the first hula hoops were hoisted upon it, was decorated with hundreds of the plastic hula hoops before it was felled.[4][5] The tree had its own Facebook page, which remains up despite the tree being down.[6]

Nobody knew why the first hoops came to rest upon the tree but after the initial plastic rings many more hoops made their way onto it. Moreover, though the first two hoops appeared after a 2015 storm there remains the possibility that a guest of wind carried them up there.[7]


Anamosa Community School District operates local area public schools.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

During her research for her book Culture Warlords Amber was chosen by the journalist Talia Lavin as the residence of "Ashlynn", a persona which was a honey pot for the white nationalist dating site WhiteDate. A parody of the perfect Aryan female, Lavin had simply plopped "Ashlynn" in the Midwest.[9]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ Corbit, Robert McClain (1910) [1879]. History of Jones County, Iowa: Past and Present, Volume 1. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. Western Historical Company. pp. 544–546, 633.
  3. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 37.
  4. ^ "Hula Hoop Tree".
  5. ^ "Iowa's beloved 'Hula-Hoop Tree' cut down by landowner".
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  7. ^ "Hula Hoop Tree".
  8. ^ "Anamosa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  9. ^ Lavin, Talia (2020). Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy. New York: Hachette Books. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-306-84643-4.