Sabula, Iowa

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Sabula is a city in Jackson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 670 at the 2000 census. Sabula is the site of Iowa's only island city. The island has a beach and a campground. It also has a harbor with boat docks and storage sheds to store some boats during the winter. Because of its proximity to Chicago (three-hour drive), Sabula has become a popular vacationing destination during the summer months.

Sabula was established in 1835 when, according to legend, Isaac Dorman crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on the present site of Sabula. In the late 19th century the principal industries in the community included a large "pearl button" factory—which produced buttons from clam shells harvested from large clam beds located in the river adjacent to the shoreline. The thriving community also supported a large hog slaughtering industry. The community did not actually become an island until the lock and dam system was constructed on the upper Mississippi in the l930s. Thereupon, the lowlands lying west of the townsite were permanently flooded, creating the "Island City," as the town is now known. The factory is no longer there.

The Army Corps of Engineers constructed many locks and dams on the Mississippi River. The construction of Lock and Dam #13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL in 1939 [1] left Sabula an island [2].

Sabula is connected to Iowa with a roadway that runs between two lakes and with Savanna, Illinois, with another roadway that leads to a bridge that crosses the Mississippi River.

Sabula has three churches that are Lutheran, Methodist and Catholic.


Sabula is located at 42°4′4″N 90°10′27″W / 42.06778°N 90.17417°W / 42.06778; -90.17417 (42.067866, -90.174270)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (71.53%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 670 people, 308 households, and 182 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,709.3 people per square mile (663.3/km²). There were 337 housing units at an average density of 859.8/sq mi (333.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 308 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

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