Protivin, Iowa

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Protivin is a city in Chickasaw and Howard counties in the U.S. state of Iowa.[1] The population was 317 at the 2000 census. Early settlers named the city after the Bohemian town of Protivín in what is now the south of the Czech Republic.



The first Czech settlers arrived around 1855 and established themselves because the landscape reminded them of their home region. The community was and is predominately Catholic and they built their own church in 1878 which was the town's first structure.[2]

Town life

Protivin holds an annual weekend festival known as Czech Days each August where the town's Czech heritage is celebrated. The event draws people from throughout Howard and Chickasaw Counties.[3]

The Roman Catholic Holy Trinity Church is the town's only church and only school. The school is a private school called Trinity Catholic School.[4]


Protivin is located at 43°12′56″N 92°5′34″W / 43.21556°N 92.09278°W / 43.21556; -92.09278 (43.215428, -92.092814)[5].

The Protivin area has many wildlife areas and opportunities for hunting and fishing.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

Taylor's Pond is located a few miles northwest of Protivin and has a four acre pond used for fishing as well as picnic facilities.[2]

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