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Grant Center, Iowa

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Grant Center in 2013

~Above photos taken by volunteer, C. Swearingen, 2013


There was a post office established here, and later a limited amount of sundry items and groceries could be purchased. It never possessed any mercantile establishment, and never more than a small community of close neighbors.

~Source: Onawa Democrat, Thursday, February 21, 1974—“Old Fashioned Township History”



Grant Center train depot (two photos top right and left)


Grant Center School



Grant Center School with depot in background




Grant Center school students

Grant Center grocery -- a sign indentifies Grant Center at the point where the Little Sioux Valley joins the Missouri Valley. The town never was incorporated, although it boasted a post office and an elementary school. Mary's Grocery is in the background of the above photograph.

The Grant Center post office was established in 1871, but the town never was incorporated nor had much commerical business. The elementary school was combined with Mapleton in 1967, the depot discontinued in 1968, followed by the demise of the post office and elevator in 1970. Mary's Grocery operated by Mark and Mary Maloy in 1977, is still alive and running, with home-cooked meals and a local watering place available under the name of the Grant Center Falcon's Club. ~the Sioux City Journal, 28 Nov 1977

[Thanks to Larry Lundeen, Monona County researcher, for sharing the old newspaper clipping!]