Columbus Junction, Iowa

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Columbus Junction is a city in Louisa County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,900 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area.

A large Tyson Foods plant is located in the city. Columbus Junction is also home to an historic swinging bridge.



Columbus Junction began as Clifton. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built an east-west line through the area in 1858, with a station at Clifton. When the north-south Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota railroad was built, in 1870, it crossed the Rock Island at Clifton. The first BCR&M train arrived on Feb. 7, 1870, and the first local business opened the next day, a restaurant and boarding house, in a building moved by rail from Muscatine, Iowa. Just a month later, the town was platted. Columbus City, Iowa had already been established before the railroads came through, and both the Rock Island and the BCR&M had missed Columbus City by over a mile. As both Columbus City and Township had invested in the latter line, they were permitted to name the new town, so it became Columbus Junction.[1]

In the summer of 2008, downtown Columbus Junction was badly flooded when the Cedar and Iowa Rivers overflowed their banks.[citation needed]


Columbus Junction is located at 41°16′42″N 91°21′45″W / 41.27833°N 91.3625°W / 41.27833; -91.3625 (41.278414, -91.362466),[2] between the cities of Columbus City and Fredonia. It lies at the confluence of two large rivers, the Iowa and the Cedar.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,900 people, 691 households, and 487 families residing in the city. The population density was 879.6 people per square mile (339.6/km²). There were 748 housing units at an average density of 346.3/sq mi (133.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.32% White, 0.58% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 12.37% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39.00% of the population.

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