Sherrill, Iowa

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Sherrill is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. The population was 186 at the 2000 census.



Sherrill was named for two brothers, Adam and Isaac Sherrill, and was originally called Sherrill's Mound or Mount, since the city is sited at the base of a prominent hill. In 1856, Peter Fries, an Austrian immigrant, built a large, stone inn at the main crossroads of the city. It was popular with newlyweds, and Jesse James and his gang were reported to have stayed there prior to their famous raid on Northfield, Minnesota. The structure has survived and has been restored as the Black Horse Inn. Sherrill and the surrounding rural district received large numbers of German immigrants in the 19th century. German Catholic (Ss. Peter and Paul), German Lutheran (St. Matthew), German Methodist, and German Evangelical churches were founded and remain active. Sherrill was one of ten "Beer Towns" incorporated in Dubuque County in 1933, to ensure that the city's taverns could serve beer, under a possibly mistaken interpretation of Iowa law that licenses to dispense beer could only be granted to premises inside incorporated places. Sherrill's post office was established in 1858, with Peter Fries as postmaster. Its Zip Code is 52073.


Sherrill is located at 42°36′10″N 90°46′56″W / 42.60278°N 90.78222°W / 42.60278; -90.78222 (42.602857, -90.782139)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 186 people, 70 households, and 52 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,753.9 people per square mile (652.9/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 726.1/sq mi (270.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

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