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- Gladbrook Area Attractions
Council meet monthly, 2nd Monday, 7 pm
Mayor Keith Sash
City Clerk Lori Bearden
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. The Gladbrook Corn Carnival is an 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 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.