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Knoxville City

Marion County, Iowa

Knoxville City Hall is located at 305 South Third Street, Knoxville, IA 50138.
Phone: 641-828-0550.

E.R. Hays House

Photo: E.R. Hays House, circa 1895, located at 301 Nrth 2nd Street, Knoxville. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Photographed by User: Boscophotos (own work), 2016, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed November, 2021.

Knoxville [†] is located in south-central Iowa, some 25 miles southeast of Des Moines. The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Sac and Fox tribes. At that time, prairie grass covered the countryside at heights of eight to 10 feet. In 1835, dragoons first explored the Des Moines River valley through this area. In 1842, the Sac and Fox Indians signed a treaty to sell lands in central Iowa to the new settlers known as the New Purchase of 1842. By 1843, settlers began moving to Knoxville, with the first Marion County Courthouse erected three years later.

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Knoxville remained an unincorporated village until 1853, when a movement for incorporation began. A judicial order was issued after an election in which 64 votes were cast in favor of incorporation, with four votes against. Knoxville was duly incorporated as a city in 1855.

Key moments in Knoxville's history:

† City of Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Comprehensive Plan, 2017, www.knoxvilleia.gov, accessed November, 2021.