Wheatland, Iowa

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Wheatland is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 772 at the 2000 census.

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History

Wheatland was platted in 1858 under the leadership of John Bennett. The town was named for President James Buchanan's estate 'Wheatlands' in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bennett being an admirer of Buchanan. The entire township (Spring Rock) had a white population of only 101 in 1850, but that number rose to 756 in 1860. A significant body of early settlers all came from the village of Wunderthausen in central Germany. The Germans founded the first church in town in 1857 with a Presbyterian affiliation. This relationship was dissolved in 1861 with the incorporation of St. Paul's German Reformed Church (now St. Paul's United Church of Christ). The First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1858, though no longer functions. Wheatland was legally incorporated on July 13, 1869.[1]

Geography

Wheatland is located at 41°49′58″N 90°50′22″W / 41.83278°N 90.83944°W / 41.83278; -90.83944 (41.832891, -90.839490)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 772 people, 300 households, and 207 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,389.8 people per square mile (532.3/km²). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 568.9/sq mi (217.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.58% White, 0.26% African American, 0.13% Asian, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

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