Camanche, Iowa

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Camanche is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States on the Mississippi River. The population was 4,215 at the 2000 census.



Camanche was founded by a man with the name of Dr. George Peak in the late 1830s, who happens to be buried in the Rosehill Cemetery in Camanche. On June 3, 1860, Camanche was struck by an intense tornado. With a damage path 1,000 yards (910 m) wide and 80 miles (130 km) long, this tornado killed 92 people and injured 200. The death toll in Camanche alone was 22 dead and that is according to "Harpers Weekly" dated June 23 1860, and also the granite boulder tombstone under which they are buried in the cemetery in Camanche. But estimates vary widely some ranging from 300 people killed to less than 50 killed in the tornado.


Camanche is located at 41°47′11″N 90°15′36″W / 41.786470°N 90.259898°W / 41.786470; -90.259898 (41.786470, -90.259898).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.4 km2), of which, 8.7 square miles (22.6 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (7.53%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,215 people, 1,781 households, and 1,241 families residing in the city. The population density was 483.1 people per square mile (186.6/km2). There were 1,870 housing units at an average density of 214.3/sq mi (82.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, 0.55% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

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