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Waterloo To Paris To Central City To Monticello To Field Of Dreams To Dubuque


Fairfield Inn

Dubuque, Iowa

August 18, 2021


An entertaining day. Paris, Iowa is basically just a crossroads with some houses. The Foxy Chill & Grill in Central City was an unexpected stop. Monticello -- or should I spell it Montsello has some neat architecture downtown though many buildings are vacant. And Field of Dreams -- well, that was a blast.


Paris, Iowa


Paris is an unincorporated community in Linn County, Iowa, United States. It is located at the intersections of Sutton Road and County Highway D66 (Paris Road) near the banks of the Wapsipinicon River. It is northwest of Central City and southwest of Coggon, at 42.238459N, −91.578187W.


The first white settlers in the area around Paris were the James Lytle family, in 1841. Paris was founded and staked out on the west side of the Wapsipinicon River, in sections 19 and 20 of Jackson Township, in 1845. A school was established just west of Paris in 1850.[2]

The Upper Paris Bridge, which brings Sutton Road over the Wapsipinicon River, was built as a wagon bridge in 1879. It survives and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Paris is named after the capital in France.


The Iowa Exposition of 1889 was held in Paris.


Former United States Senator Richard C. Clark (1973–1979) was born in Paris in 1929.


Monticello, Iowa


Monticello is a city in Jones County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,796. It was named after Jefferson's home; the name has always been pronounced "sello."


Monticello is located at 42°14′20″N 91°11′21″W (42.238759, -91.189067).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.33 square miles (16.39 km2), of which 6.29 square miles (16.29 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water. Monticello is 823 feet above sea level.


For many years, U.S. Route 151 passed directly through Monticello. In 2004, a four-lane bypass around Monticello was completed and opened. As a result, the highway was moved approximately one mile east of the previous route.


Monticello is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.


As of the census of 2010, there were 3,796 people, 1,693 households, and 991 families living in the city. The population density was 603.5 inhabitants per square mile (233.0/km2). There were 1,839 housing units at an average density of 292.4 per square mile (112.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.


There were 1,693 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.


The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.



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