Alburnett, Iowa

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Alburnett is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. The population was 559 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1887, the Illinois Central Railroad was built through Linn County's Otter Creek township. In the winter of that year a depot was built on land donated by Albert Burnett. Because he had given land for the depot, the name "Burnett" was chosen for its identification.

Business interests began to center around the depot because the railroad offered an outlet to both the north and the south, and because of its proximity to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Burnett and his wife soon began to plat a community. Meanwhile, landowner Michael Weislogel began to lay out lots a short distance to the south. This community, called "Trentham," was the site of the first general store and post office. However, because contemporary state law dictated that a depot and post office in the same community must carry the same name, the name was soon changed to "Burnett." Mail delivery problems soon developed between Burnett and the community of Bennett in Cedar County. Consequently, "Al" Burnett changed the name to "Alburnett." Alburnett was incorporated in 1912, becoming the only municipality in Otter Creek Township. The first elected mayor was C. E. Hense, and the first council was composed of George Anderson, Albert Burnett, F.L. Glitchell, C.C. Naylor, and H.N. Rockwood.


Alburnett is located at 42°8′57″N 91°37′11″W / 42.14917°N 91.61972°W / 42.14917; -91.61972 (42.149257, -91.619618)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 559 people, 199 households, and 152 families residing in the city. The population density was 650.3 people per square mile (251.0/km²). There were 207 housing units at an average density of 240.8/sq mi (92.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.28% White, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

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