Winterset, Iowa

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Winterset, Iowa
Madison County Courthouse in Winterset
Madison County Courthouse in Winterset
Location of Winterset, Iowa
Location of Winterset, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389Coordinates: 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389
CountryUnited States
State Iowa
CountyMadison
Government
 • MayorJim Olson
Area
 • Total4.72 sq mi (12.22 km2)
 • Land4.58 sq mi (11.86 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation
1,089 ft (332 m)
Population
 • Total5,190
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
5,318
 • Density1,133/sq mi (437.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50273
Area code(s)515
FIPS code19-86520
GNIS feature ID0463138
WebsiteCity of Winterset

Winterset is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Iowa, United States.[4] The population was 5,190 at the 2010 census.

Winterset is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the birthplace of actor John Wayne.[5]

History[edit]

Winterset was platted during a cool spell in the summer of 1849.[6] The name was originally to be "Summerset", but the unseasonable coldness made the commissioners reverse this to "Winterset".[7]

Downtown Winterset in 1907
Downtown Winterset in 2009

Geography[edit]

Winterset is located at 41°20′9″N 94°0′50″W / 41.33583°N 94.01389°W / 41.33583; -94.01389 (41.335901, -94.013981).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.72 square miles (12.22 km2), of which, 4.58 square miles (11.86 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.[1]

Winterset is located about 30 miles southwest of the state capital of Des Moines.

Climate[edit]

Winterset has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa). Summers are warm and humid, while winters are cold and snowy. Precipitation is highest in the summer months.

Climate data for Winterset
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 30.8
(−0.7)
35.2
(1.8)
47.7
(8.7)
62.4
(16.9)
73.1
(22.8)
81.7
(27.6)
86.8
(30.4)
84.7
(29.3)
76.9
(24.9)
65.4
(18.6)
48.8
(9.3)
35.1
(1.7)
60.7
(15.9)
Average low °F (°C) 11.9
(−11.2)
15.4
(−9.2)
26.3
(−3.2)
38.5
(3.6)
49.6
(9.8)
59.1
(15.1)
63.5
(17.5)
61.4
(16.3)
53.1
(11.7)
41.9
(5.5)
28.6
(−1.9)
17.2
(−8.2)
38.9
(3.8)
Average precipitation inches (cm) 1
(2.5)
1.1
(2.8)
1.9
(4.8)
3.2
(8.1)
4.2
(11)
4.7
(12)
3.6
(9.1)
3.9
(9.9)
3.8
(9.7)
2.4
(6.1)
1.8
(4.6)
1.1
(2.8)
32.5
(83)
Source: Weatherbase[9]

Demographics[edit]

Water tower in Winterset
Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1860915—    
18701,485+62.3%
18802,583+73.9%
18902,281−11.7%
19003,039+33.2%
19102,818−7.3%
19202,906+3.1%
19302,921+0.5%
19403,631+24.3%
19503,570−1.7%
19603,639+1.9%
19703,654+0.4%
19804,021+10.0%
19904,196+4.4%
20004,768+13.6%
20105,190+8.9%
20185,318+2.5%
Source:"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-03-29. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 5,190 people, 2,062 households, and 1,336 families living in the city. The population density was 1,133.2 inhabitants per square mile (437.5/km2). There were 2,267 housing units at an average density of 495.0 per square mile (191.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0%.[2]

Of the 2,062 households 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.7% of households were one person and 16% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age was 38.4 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census there were 4,768 people, 1,884 households, and 1,230 families living in the city. The population density was 1,357.9 people per square mile (524.5/km²). There were 1,998 housing units at an average density of 569.0 per square mile (219.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.87% White, 0.06% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59%.[11]

Of the 1,884 households 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.5% of households were one person and 18.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01.

Age spread: 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median household income was $33,142 and the median family income was $42,951. Males had a median income of $31,536 versus $22,146 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,274. About 5.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Winterset is widely known for its covered bridges. A total of six covered bridges are located in Madison County, including one in Winterset City Park. The annual Covered Bridge Festival celebrates the bridges and local heritage every second full weekend in October.

The Winterset Stage is Madison County's live theatre venue providing family friendly dinner theatre, including musicals and concerts while offering a variety of children's theatre and educational programming. The Winterset Stage is a non-profit 501c3 organization located at 405 East Madison in Winterset, IA.

Another notable landmark is Clark Tower, located in Winterset City Park, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding Middle River Valley area.

The Madison County Courthouse, in the middle of the town square, was built in 1868, and rebuilt in 1876 after being partially destroyed by fire.

Museums[edit]

In 2015, the John Wayne Birthplace Museum opened kitty corner from Wayne's birthplace home. The $2.5m, 6,000 sq. ft. facility houses scripts, costumes, set pieces, posters, personal correspondence, an original Andy Warhol painting and a custom-made 1972 Pontiac station wagon. The muesuem is divided into 3 exhibitions, "The Actor", "The Family Man" and "The American". The museum is located at 205 S. John Wayne Dr. in Winterset. [12]

The Iowa Quilt museum offers seasonal exhibits and regular workshops. The current president of the museum, Marianne Fons, is the founder of the well known quilting show Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. The museum is located on the south side of the town square at 68 E. Court Ave.[13]

The Madison County Historical Society is an 18 acre complex on the south side of town featuring 14 restored and historical buildings. The focal point of the complex is the Victorian Bevington-Kaser manor. Built in 1856, the manor has been fully restored. The complex is open May through October and is located at 815 S. 2nd Ave.[14]

Popular culture[edit]

Winterset was used as a shooting location for the films Cold Turkey (1971), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and The Crazies (2010).

Notable people[edit]

Birthplace of John Wayne

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