Mayor: John Simmers, 641.969.4267
Phone: 641.969.4267
Office Hours: 8-4

Population: 1,005*
Total Area: 1.18 sq. mi.
Housing Units:  502*

Form of Government:
Council Meetings: First Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Mailing Address: 103 Front Street, Eddyville, IA 52553
Eddyville City Library
Eddyville Historical Museum

Eddyville is a community that straddles Wapello, Mahaska and Monroe counties. It was founded by Jabish P. Eddy, in 1841, before Iowa became a state. It was a place for trade with the Indians and for pioneers to provision and ford the Des Moines river. The first commercial coal mines in Wapello County were opened near Eddyville. Local oral history has it that a two-story house that once stood at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Vance Street served as a stop on the Underground Railroad until the Civil War made that unnecessary.

*July 1, 2016 Census Bureau Estimate


Mayor: Jim Hughes
Clerk: Jamie Williamson
Phone: 641.295.4037
Office Hours: Varies

Population: 477*
Total Area: 1.01 sq. mi.
Housing Units: 242*

Form of Government:  Mayor/Council
Council Meetings:  First Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Mailing Address:  409 Reed Street, PO Box 127, Beacon IA 52534

Beacon was laid out in 1864 as a coal mining town under the name of “Enterprise.” On the completion of the Keokuk and Des Moines Railroad, it was called “Oskaloosa Station.” Mining boomed shortly after the Civil War. There used to be a five-story mill in the town made of brick and stone. Beacon was incorporated in 1874 and was a thriving mining community. As the mines moved westward, so did the miners. Beacon today is a quite comfortable community located on the west edge of Oskaloosa.

*July 1, 2016 Census Bureau Estimate

Barnes City

Mayor:  Mayor Barb Davis
Phone: 641.644.5169
Office Hours: Varies

Population: 173*
Total Area: 1.01 sq. mi.
Housing Units: 118*

Form of Government: Mayor/Council
Council meetings:  First Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Mailing Address: PO Box 98 Barnes City IA 50027

Barnes City is known as the home of the “Best Little Figure 8 Track in Iowa.”

*July 1, 2016 Census Bureau Estimate



Mayor: David Krutzfeldt , 641.676.5006
City Manager: Michael Schrock
City Clerk: Amy Miller
City Hall: 641.673.9431
Office Hours:  8-5

Population: 11,523*
Total Area: 6.88 sq. mi.
Housing Units: 5,386*

Form of Government: Mayor/Council
Council Meetings: First and Third Mondays of the month at 6 p.m.

Mailing Address: 220 South Market Street, Oskaloosa IA 52577
Official Web Site

Located in the heart of Mahaska County in Southeastern Iowa, Oskaloosa is a progressive, diversified city whose economy is made up largely from retail, industry and agriculture. It is the county seat. Oskaloosa can trace its roots back to the time that the state of Iowa was born. In the mid 1800’s a group of Quakers settled in an area southeast of Des Moines, midway between the Skunk and Des Moines rivers. In 1844 Oskaloosa was a pioneer village containing only 13 crude cabins and two stores. The town grew rapidly and by 1853, when it was incorporated, had a population of about 1,000. Oskaloosa was named for a Creek princess named Ouscaloosa.

*July 1, 2016 Census Bureau Estimate