Wever, Iowa

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Wever, Iowa
Unincorporated community
Building in Wever
Building in Wever
Wever, Iowa is located in Iowa
Wever, Iowa
Wever, Iowa
Location within the state of Iowa
Coordinates: 40°42′38″N 91°13′52″W / 40.71056°N 91.23111°W / 40.71056; -91.23111Coordinates: 40°42′38″N 91°13′52″W / 40.71056°N 91.23111°W / 40.71056; -91.23111
CountryUnited States
StateIowa
CountyLee
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes52658
GNIS feature ID462957[1]

Wever is an unincorporated community in northeastern Lee County, in the southeastern corner of Iowa, United States.

Geography[edit]

Wever lies along U.S. Route 61, about 8 miles northeast of the city of Fort Madison, one of two county seats in Lee County. It is just South of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant and the Skunk River, which empties further East into the Mississippi River. .[2] Its elevation is 561 feet (171 m).[1]

History[edit]

Wever was a station on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.[3] Although Wever is unincorporated, it has a post office, which opened on May 1, 1837. This post office has a complicated name history: it opened as 'Sand Ridge', changed to 'Green Bay' on September 17, 1849, to 'Jollyville' on January 28, 1859, and finally to Wever on October 17, 1870.[4] Its ZIP code is 52658,[5]

Wever was built around a station of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad within Green Bay Township, and superseded the nearby town of Jollyville. It had 300 inhabitants when mentioned in the 1879 History of Lee County and was enjoying "good trade" because of the surrounding very fertile country.[6]

The community has been part of the Micropolitan Statistical Area.

21st century[edit]

In 2012, plans were announced to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Wever. The plant will use natural gas and is built by Orascom. Groundbreaking occurred in November 2012.[7] The WSJ wrote that US economic rebound and cheap energy from the shale-oil boom was luring investment from companies such as Egypt's Orascom.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wever, Iowa". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 39.
  3. ^ The History of Lee County, Iowa. Western Historical Company. 1879. p. 679.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wever Post Office
  5. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  6. ^ The History of Lee County, Iowa. Western Historical Company. 1879. p. 679.
  7. ^ Rod Swoboda (November 28, 2012). "Iowa Fertilizer Company Begins Construction on New Plant". FarmProgress. Penton. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ William Boston (17 Dec 2013). "BASF Steps Up Investment in U.S. ·". Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones.