Manning, Iowa

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Manning is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States, along Iowa Highway 141. The population was 1,490 at the 2000 census. It is named for Orlando Harrison Manning, a Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.



Prior to the city's formation, the area of Manning was a swampy region occasionally used by local Native Americans for hunting. There were no nearby rivers and few trees.

The Iowa Southwestern was completed in 1880 and some yards and a depot were constructed at the future location of Manning, in the summer of 1881. In 1881 the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad was also constructing a road across Iowa, south of and parallel to the Northwestern. These railroads intersected at what is now Manning.

In 1969 an unknown saboteur used dynamite to bomb one of the rails and derail the passenger train traveling on the east west Milwaukee railroad line (presently the Burlington Northern) hoping that it would careen into the Nishnabotna river below (fortunately the train came to a safe stop but not until after it derailed). The crime was never solved and no group ever claimed responsibility and no motive for the bombing was ever discovered.[1]


Manning is located at 41°54′31″N 95°3′48″W / 41.90861°N 95.06333°W / 41.90861; -95.06333 (41.908642, -95.063218),[2] along the West Nishnabotna River near its source.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it is land and 0.42% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,490 people, 650 households, and 391 families residing in the city. The population density was 624.0 people per square mile (240.7/km²). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 294.0/sq mi (113.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.79% White, 0.20% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

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