Milford, IA

Town in Dickinson County, IA

Sponsors of Milford, 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!

About Milford, IA

The Southern Gateway to the Iowa Great Lakes

Located in Dickinson County, Iowa, the city of Milford is often referred to as the southern gateway to the Iowa Great Lakes region. The first settler in Milford Township was recorded in 1866, and in 1882, Milford was platted. When train service by the Milwaukee rail line was established, Milford expanded quickly as two passenger trains making daily trips to the Great Lakes region from Des Moines would make four stops in Milford each day, delivering mail, groceries, clothing, lumber, coal, and machinery along with settlers and visitors.

Today, Milford’s nearly 2,500 residents have created a unique destination point for the many travelers who enjoy the surrounding lakes and who swell the summertime population of the county to over 100,000. Milford is home to the fictional “University of Okoboji”—a creation of three brothers in the early 1970s as a joke. The university’s name is now used in connection with several annual fund-raising events for charity, including bike rides, a marathon, and a winter games competition. A local radio station, KUOO, has joined in the joke and refers to itself as the “campus radio.” The Milford Commercial Club actively promotes the city by celebrating an annual summer event called Pioneer Days in late July as well as a holiday festival called the “Holiday Fantasy” held each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend. Milford offers its residents well-established public services with its numerous city parks, great community facilities including a new Community Building and High School Auditorium, and high-standard school system as well as a fire department, police force and a public library that was started in 1923. Scenic Horseshoe Bend Park and Elinor Bedell State Park in Milford add wonderful outdoor recreational amenities to a community whose residents welcome all visitors with open arms. As William Shakespeare said, “What is a city but the people?”

Businesses of Milford, IA

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Milford, 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!

Events of Milford, 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!

Faith Organizations of Milford, 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!

Points of Interest of Milford, 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!

Dickinson County, IA

Visit our county page and 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 Dickinson County, IA page.

Veterans of Dickinson 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!