Lineville, Iowa

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Lineville is a city in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. The population was 273 at the 2000 census.



Lineville is located at 40°35′07″N 93°31′23″W / 40.585289°N 93.523177°W / 40.585289; -93.523177 (40.585289, -93.523177).[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.


Lineville has been called the oldest town in Wayne County, but was not noted on early maps or in the 1850 state line survey, and probably attracted settlers from a nearby community called Grand River after the state line dispute was settled. Lineville was named in 1858.

Because part of the town is in Missouri and part in Iowa, it was named Lineville. The town square sits on the Iowa-Missouri border with the business on the south side of the square in South Lineville, Missouri. When Wayne County was dry, liquor by the drink could be purchased at the bars on the Missouri side of the square.[2]

During the Illinois Earthquake of 1968, the quake was felt as a long shaking in Lineville. The quake damaged the town's water tower which began to leak 300 gallons of water an hour.[3]


Lineville is located on U.S. Route 65. The city is served by the Union Pacific Railroad which was originally the CRI&P (Rock Island). Rail traffic has increased considerably on this line since it was purchased by the Union Pacific. Lineville used to have rail passenger service which was discontinued in the 1960s. [4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 273 people, 126 households, and 75 families residing in the city. The population density was 300.5 people per square mile (115.8/km2). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 165.1/sq mi (63.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.63% White and 0.37% Pacific Islander.

There were 126 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.82.

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