Old Peru, Iowa

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Old Peru, Iowa
Unincorporated community
Old Peru, Iowa is located in Iowa
Old Peru, Iowa
Old Peru, Iowa
Location within the state of Iowa
Coordinates: 41°14′9″N 93°56′43″W / 41.23583°N 93.94528°W / 41.23583; -93.94528Coordinates: 41°14′9″N 93°56′43″W / 41.23583°N 93.94528°W / 41.23583; -93.94528
Country United States
State Iowa
County Madison
Elevation 1,122 ft (342 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 459832

Old Peru (also Peru, pronounced PEE-roo) is an unincorporated community in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Its elevation is 1,122 feet (342 m).[1] Although Old Peru is unincorporated, it once had a post office under the name of Peru; the office was established on 18 April 1853 and closed on 14 September 1903.[2] Even though the community's post office has been closed for over a century, ZIP Code 50222 is still reserved for Peru.[3]

Old Peru was laid out as a town in 1855, but it declined when the railroad missed it by a mile, and in 1887 the town of East Peru was founded on that line.[4]

The original (seedling) delicious apple tree grew in Peru.[5]