Dunkerton, Iowa

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Dunkerton is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 749 at the 2000 census. It is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

In 1853 two brothers, James and John Dunkerton, walked from Dubuque, Iowa, to stake out a claim of land near Lester. This claim has become the town known as Lesterton and later Dunkerton. In 1854 John died and was buried in the small cemetery which now holds 4 generations of Dunkertons. James remained and built up his land. In 1855 he married his cousin, Joanne, against the wishes of most in Lesterton.

At 60 years of age, James and his eldest son, who also wished to marry a cousin, sold a portion of their land to the railroad, requesting that the railroad be extended to Iowa. This act enabled the present city of Dunkerton to be established, where James and his son John were free to marry their cousins in peace.

Culture

Dunkerton celebrates "Dunkerton Days" in late July, with a craft fair, livestock show and bike races. The celebration culminates with many residents igniting home-made fireworks of varying sizes. While very entertaining, this practice typically floods local emergency rooms with both self inflicted injuries and injuries to bystanders.

The Monday following Dunker Days traditionally marks the beginning of "I Can Read Too Days", in which the Dunkerton First Graders (8 year olds) receive books for the first time in an effort to promote literacy in rural Iowa. The Dunkerton Public Library, which provides the books, has stringent rules for children and adults using computers. These were implemented after elderly adults were harassed by Dunkerton youth as they attempted to use the new computer systems.

Geography

Dunkerton is located at 42°34′6″N 92°9′36″W / 42.56833°N 92.16°W / 42.56833; -92.16 (42.568329, -92.160075)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 749 people, 269 households, and 206 families. The population density was 792.9 people per square mile (307.6/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 309.1/sq mi (119.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.26% White, 0.13% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 1.34% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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