Arlington, Iowa

Where Hills and Prairie Meet


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Arlington – Where Hills and Prairie Meet


Once known as Brush Creek, Arlington, a community of approximately 429, celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2006.  Our town encompasses 1.05 square miles.  Located 60 miles from Waterloo, Iowa, 158 miles from Madison, Wisconsin; 65 miles from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and 281 miles from Chicago, Arlington has a post office, locally owned bank, state-accredited library, volunteer fire department, 24-hour paramedic services, and a medical clinic.In addition to our local medical clinic, residents utilize services at nearby hospitals in Oelwein, West Union, and Manchester.  A pharmacy in Fayette makes deliveries to homes in Arlington.  Businesses include a convenience store; locker; insurance agency; repair shops; a farmers’ cooperative; electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling businesses; a massage therapist; a landscaping business; auction house; creamery; photographers; a beauty shop; a realtor; numerous seed corn dealers, and one bar. Townspeople may worship at any of three churches. 


 Recreational opportunities are numerous.  Arlington maintains three parks, including a tennis court.  The surrounding area is known for its trout fishing; turkey, deer, and pheasant hunting; Barrett Hollow Campground; J and J Hideaway; and other outdoor activities.  Also nearby are Brush Creek Reserve, Backbone State Park, Volga Lake, and Osborne Nature Center.  Several golf courses and swimming pools are within 20 miles of Arlington.


The town’s annual summer celebration, sponsored by an active community club, attracts people from all over for a period of three days.  Its parade is known as the finest in northeast Iowa. 


Other features appealing to a wide variety of ages are two daycare centers, senior citizens housing, the senior citizens meal site, Ewalu Bible Camp, and various social organizations. The American Legion is an active service organization.  Youth activities available to Arlington youth are summer little league, 4-H, scouts, and various church youth groups.  Starmont, a junior kindergarten through twelfth-grade consolidated public school facility, is located five miles from town.  The school is known for its quality education, innovative programs. A wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities are offered through Starmont.


Residents who wish to further their education may choose from several nearby institutions.  Three community colleges, Northeast Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Tech, Kaplan University, and Kirkwood Community College are within short driving distance.  The closest four-year colleges are Luther in Decorah, Wartburg in Waverly, and Upper Iowa University in Fayette.


Several airports are within a radius of 18 to 72 miles.


The town boasts one of its own, Brian Schoenjahn, as state senator.


Arlington maintains a gentle, quiet-paced lifestyle reflected in the many lifelong residents.  Its friendly people take advantage of affordable living, cable television, and wireless Internet and are anticipating the construction of a wind farm a few miles from town.  Ninety percent of its houses are owner occupied.   


Arlington is dedicated to community and economic development.  It encourages entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and established businesses to investigate the opportunities the community has to offer.


Come to Arlington, Iowa – the only town in the state where six corners converge at its entrance.