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Find out who we are and what makes our town a great place to live.

Eddyville is located at the corners of Wapello, Mahaska, and Monroe counties in southeast Iowa.  The 2000 census reports the population as 1,064.  Eddyville lies along side the Des Moines River. 

In 1840, Eddyville was the site of a large Sac and Fox Indian village, with Chief Hardfish serving as their leader.  The inhabitants of the village were remnants of Chief Blackhawk's band following the end of the Blackhawk War. 

In 1840-41, Jabish P. Eddy came from Warren, Ohio and obtained a permit to open a trading post at Hardfish's village.  He traded with the Indians until 1842, after which the Indians signed over the land the Hardfish village was on as part of the "New Purchase' agreement with the government.  The Indians vacated the land and moved farther up the Des Moines River to the Red Rock area. 

In 1843, the "New Purchase" land was opened up to settlers.  J.P. Eddy had been given a grant of 640 acres when he had become an Indian agent.  He laid off 160 acres of the land for a town.  It was named Eddyville.  The town became offically  incorporated  in 1857.

According to past Eddyville historians, the Eddyville of the mid 1800s was a popular river crossing point for many thousands of travelers.  Travelers were transported over the river by ferry boat and later were able to cross over on the Eddyville toll bridge.  The westward seekers came by the droves, often staying over in Eddyville to restock their wagons before moving on.  Some were followers of the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail.  Many were hoping to find their fortunes in the gold rush period or to lay claim to free land.   Early Eddyville was a thriving and prosperous community, and managed to stay off the modern day list of Iowa ghost towns.   Despite battling the over-flowing Des Moines River many times over, the community continually picked it self up and started all over again.

Even though small, modern day Eddyville deserves recognition for it's multitude of offerings to the community.  Plan a visit and see for yourself.