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About Estherville, IA

Living the Good Life

Located in the Des Moines River Valley, Estherville, Iowa was named in honor of Esther Ridley, the wife of Robert E. Ridley—one of the men who platted the town. It was during the summer of 1857 that settlers first arrived in what would become Emmet County and for which they would name Estherville as the county seat. Estherville holds a particularly important place in history because on May 10, 1879, a 455-pound meteorite fell to earth just a few miles north of town. Known as The Estherville Meteorite, it burrowed 15 feet into the ground when it struck. Portions of the meteorite are now on display in the Estherville Public Library, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Estherville holds another interesting claim to fame. It was here that the word, “blizzard,” was coined and used in print on April 23, 1870 by the editor of The Estherville Vindicator, the town newspaper.

Today, Estherville’s nearly 6,400 residents support a vibrant community that offers many opportunities for people interested in history, nature, athletics, outdoor recreation, shopping and great dining. Each year, Estherville’s “Sweet Corn Days” is considered to be “the festival to end all festivals”! The celebration includes free sweet corn, a parade, car show, childrens games, golf and disc-golf tournaments, a street dance, craft fair, river float, fireworks, and a wonderful variety of food vendors.

Sponsors of Estherville, IA


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

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Community Organizations of Estherville, IA


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Events of Estherville, IA


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Faith Communities of Estherville, IA


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Points of Interest of Estherville, IA


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Emmet County, IA


Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Emmet County, IA page.

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Citizens of Emmet County, IA


The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Veterans of Emmet County, IA


Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!