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Poweshiek County

Grinnell (Grant) Township
Poweshiek County, Iowa

Grinnell Township was renamed Grant Township in 1920.

Biographies of Grinnell (Grant) Township residents

1870 US Census for Grinnell Twp. not including Grinnell

1870 US Census for the city of Grinnell

Grinnell (Grant) Township contains the city of Grinnell and the smaller town of Westfield (formerly Lattimer's Grove). Almost half the population of Poweshiek County (18,914 in 2010) is in the city of Grinnell (9,218 in 2010).

~ source: Atlas of Poweshiek County, Iowa, published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1896. Reproduced by the kind permission of the University of Iowa Libraries Map Collection. Click the map for a much larger (and more legible) copy of this map, or go to the archive for more zoom levels and more maps.


Iowa Ghost Towns, Poweshiek County has a listing for "LATTIMER'S GROVE. A stage station and settlement made in 1848 near the southwest corner of Grinnell township and about four miles southwest of the present city of Grinnell. The name was changed to Westfield about 1855 and had a post office a few years."

Grinnell is home to Grinnell College, founded in 1846.

Grinnell was the scene of a devastating tornado in 1882, a great fire in 1889, and a tornado in 1978. See

Hon. Josiah Bushnell Grinnell of Iowa, founder of Grinnell (1854) and benefactor of Grinnell College.

~ source: photo taken by Mathew Brady.

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