City of Gladbrook, Iowa

GLADBROOK CITY HALL
319 – 2nd Street

 Gladbrook, Iowa 50635
641-473-2582
clerkgladbrook@iowatelecom.net
www.gladbrook.org
 
QUICK AND EASY INFO

CITY LEADERSHIP
Council meet m
onthly, 2nd Monday, 7 pm

Mayor Keith Sash
Council:
Trudi Scott 

 Dan DeWitt 
 Betty Dahms 
 Ben Goos  
 Roger Luehring  
 Lori Bearden, City Clerk

THE STORY OF GLADBROOK, IOWA

When two of the founders of Gladbrook went to Chicago to complete the paperwork for the location, they were given the privilege of naming the town to be located on their land.  After much discussion, a gentleman asked what was worthwhile in Iowa?  The men answered they had a nice brook and were glad they had it!  “There you have it—GLADBROOK”, and thus the name.

In the early days, as with today, Gladbrook is an agriculture-rich community.  Some of the finest soil is located around Gladbrook, making it very favorable for farming and many agriculture-based businesses in the community.  It  also boasts of a school system with graduation rates significantly above state and national averages. In 2011 the Gladbrook Corn Carnival will be celebrating its 89th annual festival with a rich tradition of drawing crowds as much as 10 times the size of the town’s population.

The community is also very civic-minded as is evidenced by the active veterans community, which recently completed a Veteran’s Memorial Park on the eastern edge of town. A large community volunteer base is also gathering daily at The City Center  which houses the Gladbrook Museum, City Hall, the $2 movie theater, and the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center.

Matchstick Marvels, the creations of local artist Pat Acton, is a popular family friendly tourist attraction garnering international attention for creations featured by pop sensationalists like Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not. Gladbrook is the only place where these exhibits can be seen before many of them gets shipped to different collectors and museums all over the world.

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