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 2000 population was 676 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 district includes Wadena, Elgin and Clermont and is located about 2 miles from Elgin on Highway W51.
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.
"Elgin is at the midpoint of an IOWA GREAT PLACE, the TURKEY RIVER RECREATIONAL CORRIDOR. This volunteer organization is comprised of interested
representatives from three communities along the Turkey River, Clermont, Elgin and Elkader, and representatives of the two counties in the CORRIDOR, Fayette and
Clayton. Their goal is the development of the recreational and tourism potential afforded by this scenic area, known as the "Driftless Area of Iowa". It is so named
because the last of the glaciers which passed thru the area did not pass over northeast Iowa, and left the scenic high hills overlooking river and creek valleys in tact.".
Elgin has an unusual number of businesses for a town of its size. Some of the businesses include,
Alpine Telephone, The American Legion Hall, Baker Construction, Guppy's On The Go, Butikofer Insurance, Chapman Electric, Don’s Phillips 66, Downtown Hair
designs, Fayette Publishing - The Elgin Echo, Elgin Fire Department, Elgin Motor Supply, Elgin Historical Society, Elgin State Bank, Elgin Laundromat, Extra Touch
Salon, Strahm Hardware, Fauser Energy Resources, Frieden Welding, Hilgerson Trucking, Tyson Hog Buying Station, Katsumes Law Firm, Leonard-Grau Funeral
Home, Mary Kay Cosmetics – Terry Kruger, Moore’s IGA Grocery, NE Iowa Mechanical, Rocke Financial Services, Rod’s Plumbing and Heating, Seabrooke
Accounting, The Sunrise Group, Touch of Color Painting, Joanne Odegard Painting, Torkelson Motors, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Coop, and Wenger Construction. Heart
of the Valley Clinic, Krueger Construction, Federal Hybrids, Inc., Roger Falb Rentals, Central Tank Coating--Water Tower Maintenance, Francis Butikofer, Real Estate,
J & L Lawn Care, Kevin Lembke Trucking, Keith Johnson Grain Hauling, J & M Fund Raising, Inc.
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! For more information about Elgin, see our City Of Elgin page and take a tour of our web site.
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This web site was created and
is maintained as a volunteer
project for the town of Elgin
and is sponsored by the Elgin
Community Betterment Club
(ECBC) and is paid for by
business web listings at no cost
to the taxpayers.
|The Little Switzerland of Iowa!
AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS!
The Elgin American Legion
"Veterans Memorial Community
Building" is available to rent for
receptions, special meetings,
reunions, and family or special
dinners. Contact Torkelson Motors:
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