Whether you are a current resident, or have friends and family in the Elgin area, this web site is the place to contact the community about events and services.
Elgin is a picturesque community of approximately 700 residents in the northeastern part of Iowa. It is located between the Turkey River and Otter Creek in eastern Fayette County what is known as Shinbone Valley. Elgin s 2010
population was 683 residents, but we are growing! New housing is being built in several parts of town and we are proud of the quality of life in our corner of Fayette County. Elgin is close to the communities of Clermont, West
Union, Elkader, Wadena, Gunder and Postville. The Valley School D istrict includes Wadena, Elgin and Clermont and is located about 2 miles from Elgin on Highway W51. The Valley district is part of a whole grade sharing
arrangement with the North Fayette Community School District of West Union. The Valley site serves pre-school through middle school for North Fayette Valley students, while the high school students attend classes at the North
High School site in West Union.
Elgin lies in the rolling hill country and much of the surrounding area is heavily wooded. A number of residents of larger Iowa towns have weekend and vacation homes in the area. The charm of the community and the excellent
business services available make it a great place to relax and enjoy the country.
As an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) is unique in its geographic size and potential. The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special,
scenic beauty of the Turkey River. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities. TRRC’s mission is to connect Clermont, Elgin and Elkader
to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base through the creation of land and water trails to serve as the catalyst for economic growth and development.
Lutra, Iowa is now part of Elgin. It was the small town a mile from downtown Elgin and was incorporated into the town of Elgin in the early 1900 s. The railroad came through Lutra and served both communities until the late 1970
s. Both Elgin and Lutra had hotels and separate business districts well into the 20th Century. Samuel Connors laid out the city blocks in Lutra which originally consisted of 8 blocks. The Elgin Historical Society has numerous pictures
and city records relating to Lutra.
We welcome you to our community and hope that you ll come to visit. Elgin is a serene community and the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
We’re just 75 miles from Cedar Rapids and Waterloo and an easy drive from Chicago, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Madison.
Elgin residents enjoy an extremely low cost of living in a safe, scenic community with plenty of services and things to do. It’s a great place to live and a fine place to retire.
But best of all, our community is an exceptional place to raise a family in a top school district – The Valley Community Schools!
Come for a visit – you may decide to stay!
This web site was created
and is maintained as a
volunteer project for the
town of Elgin and is
sponsored by the Elgin
Club (ECBC) and is paid for
by business web listings at
no cost to the taxpayers.
Welcome to Elgin, Iowa!
The official web site for the town of Elgin, Iowa.
Sponsored by the Elgin, Iowa Community Betterment Club and the Elgin City Council
Frieden Welding was started in 1958 by Dwayne Frieden in a
small shop behind Torkelson Motors. Farmers soon realized
they had someone who could fix their broken equipment or
modify it so it would work the way they wanted it.
Son Layne, at age 7, started working summers sharpening
mower sickles. The shop soon became too small and a new
building was built at its current location (405 Clermont
Street, Elgin IA 52141) in 1968.
After graduating from a welding program in Calmer, Layne
joined his father full time in 1975. The shop was added on to
in 1980. Dwayne passed away later that year and Layne took
over the business and continues to fix whatever comes in the
door or at customers locations when the job. can’t be brought
into the shop
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