Today, Kalona, Iowa, is much more than a bedroom community to Iowa City, Iowa, it is a thriving independent community.
The Kalona area is home to the largest Amish Mennonite settlement west of the Mississippi River, something that began when three Old Order Amish families established homesteads near Deer Creek the year Iowa became a state.
A pioneer spirit still thrives today in the progressive business community with it's one-of -a-kind downtown and countryside shops and cottage industries. Thanks to a home grown, cutting-edge medical instruments company, Kalona is even known in the International high-tech marketplace.
As Kalona continues to grow the available amount of developable land within the city limits, as well as demands on community resources, will continue to be affected by the impacts of growth. Kalona has been observing, carefully considering, and adequately resolving these growth issues through the creation of a new comprehensive plan. Comprehensive planning is an excellent and proven process that allows a community to provide itself with a vision and then a plan to sustain that collective vision through future growth.
Kalona City Park, a 25-acre city park with it's municipal swimming pool, playground, and wooden shelters is ideal for reunions and social gatherings. The Kalona Community Center, houses a racquetball court, gymnasium, weight and exercise room, as well as public meeting rooms and the senior center. The Kalona Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center offers facilities for numerous occasions, from catered receptions to professional seminars. Kalona Public Library, Built in 2005, the new library building offers comfortable reading and work areas, a Wi-Fi hot spot and a coffee bar.
Motel facilities, bed&breakfasts, campsites with fishing privileges, and RV hook-ups are available for overnight stays. For golfers, an award-winning 9-hole course south of town is playable for green fees.
Kalona welcomes you to refresh yourself in the simple pleasures and appreciation of the area's rich heritage and living history. You'll understand why enthusiastic visitors from all over the world describe the town's atmosphere as "wonderfully authentic."
Unofficially named "Bulltown" in 1879 for a local successful shorthorn breeding service, the town originated as a train station of the English River Township railroad system. Built in the middle of the prairie and without any roads for a year, "Kalona," as it became officially known, was the name of the service's famous registered sire. It was a typically quiet country town until the mid-1950's when Highway 1 was paved, streamlining the way to and from Iowa City for commuters and visitors. Kalona has grown rapidly over the past 35 years and is today the second largest town in Washington County.
*all information obtained by Kalona, Chamber of Commerce.
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Kalona Realty, Inc.
221 1st St, PO Box 711
Kalona, IA 52247