Cedar County was formed on
December 21, 1837 from sections of Dubuque County. It was named for the Red
Cedar River, which runs through the county, and is the only Iowa county which
shares the name of a tree..
Herbert Hoover, the 31st US president, was born in West Branch in 1874.
In 1931 during what many consider to be the darkest part of the Great
Depression, farmers in eastern and south-eastern Iowa rose up in violent protest
against a state policy that they felt unfairly interfered in their farm
Click here for more information about the Cedar County Cow War of 1931.
Some history about our communities...
community of Clarence, Iowa was originally called "Onion Grove" because of the
widespread growth of wild onions in the area. The village was moved in order to
be close to a railroad line and the name was changed to "Clarence" on the
suggestion of Clarence, New York native L. B. Gere.
1840, the City of Tipton, Iowa is rich with history. A town steeped in rural
heritage, Tipton was once named the "agricultural and livestock center of the
world". The first large Victorian home in Tipton was built in 1841 for the first
Cedar County judge - and the house still stands today.
Before the Civil War, areas in and around West Branch, Iowa were
stops of the Underground Railroad. Abolitionist John Brown once stayed at the
Maxson farm east of West Branch.