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Grinnell, IA



Jewel of the Prairie

Grinnell is  rightfully known as the "Jewel of the Prairie", with some of Iowa's best independent restaurants, a host of unique retailers, and a legendary downtown.  Grinnell has been named one of the Top Ten Coolest Small Towns in America.

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell founded the town in 1854

J.B. Grinnell was a passionate abolitionist and an active participant in the Underground Railroad.  J. B.  had the idea to establish a new settlement when his friend Horace Greeley, the famous editor of the New York Tribune, advised him to head west.  When Grinnell learned of two rail lines that would intersect in central Iowa, his mind was set.

Learn more about Grinnell

Looking for something to do while you visit, or want to learn a little more about Grinnell? Visit the chamber's website at

Grinnell College

Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college. Grinnell is known for its rigorous academics, innovative pedagogy, and commitment to social justice. Check out their website at

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