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.