Big Rock, Iowa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Big Rock, Iowa
unincorporated community
Big Rock, Iowa is located in Iowa
Big Rock, Iowa
Big Rock, Iowa
Location of Big Rock within the state of Iowa
Coordinates: 41°46′13″N 90°49′35″W / 41.77028°N 90.82639°W / 41.77028; -90.82639Coordinates: 41°46′13″N 90°49′35″W / 41.77028°N 90.82639°W / 41.77028; -90.82639[1]
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Scott County
Elevation[1] 206 m (676 ft)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 563
GNIS feature ID 454621

Big Rock is an unincorporated community in Scott County, Iowa, United States. It is located at the intersection of County Road Y42E and 317th Street, in the northwest corner of Scott County, northwest of Dixon and south of Wheatland.


Big Rock was founded by Peter Goddard in 1855, named after a large rock in the area.[2]

For 113 years, one of the town's main businesses was Horstmann's General Store, a general store where area residents could purchase groceries, supplies and miscellaneous items. The store closed in 2010 after its owner died. The town at one time also had a railroad station, a lumber yard, a dance hall and a tavern,[3] all of which also have since closed.


  1. ^ a b "Big Rock". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  2. ^ Savage, Tom (2007). A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names, p. 39. University Of Iowa Press. ISBN 1-58729-531-8.
  3. ^ Rathjen, Brian, "A salute to the general store," The North Scott Press, January 27, 2010. Accessed 04-28-2011. [1]