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