City of Dysart, Iowa

DYSART CITY HALLDysart Entrance Sign
601 Wilson Street

Dysart, IA  52224
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Council meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

320 Main Street
Dysart, IA  52244
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – noon

Location: Sherman Street/Main Street 

410 Lincoln Street
Dysart, IA  52244
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  7 days a week in the summer

Mayor Tim Glenn

Bret Hennessy
Reece Petersen
Taylor Gingrich
Stacey Dabney
Mary Wankowicz


John Crisman laid out the town in 1872 and named it for Joseph Dysart.  Dysart grew rapidly and by 1879 the population had reached 600.  In 1881 the town was incorporated.  The first school was built in March of 1878.  Even back then there was a vision for growth, with the extra wide Main Street going to the park entrance.

There are five known Dysarts in the world:  Scotland, Pennsylvania, Canada, Australia, and Iowa.  Of them, ours is the second largest.  The continued efforts of volunteers, organizations, city administration and business people that have the desire to make a difference in the community ensure that “Dysart is a City on the Grow”.  Dysart once accepted children from “The Orphan Train”.  The Orphan Train was a social experiment that transported orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children from crowded coastal cities of the United States to the country’s Midwest for adoption.  More information about the Orphan Train is available at the Dysart Historical Museum.

Dysart’s annual celebrations include Spring on Main, Independence Day Celebration, Old Iron Days, Wine Tasting & Fall Festival, and Christmas on Main.  Dysart also hosts a Farmers Market at the park on Tuesdays from the end of May to the beginning of October.

One Comment on “City of Dysart, Iowa”

  1. Janice Bichon December 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    I am a Dysart on my mother’s side of the family. She was the daughter of James Lafayette Dysart of McDowell Co (Dysartville) North Carolina. James Lafayette Dysartl’s father was John Dysart who fought in the Revolutionary war at Kings’ Mountain. My mother died when I was 28 years old and I have not more information on my mother’s family.

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