- Adel, Iowa
official_name = Adel, Iowa
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map_caption = Location of Adel, Iowa
mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = Detailed map of Adel
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Dallas
leader_name = Jim Peters
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1847
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 8.5
area_land_km2 = 8.5
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 3.3
area_land_sq_mi = 3.3
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3435
population_density_km2 = 405.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1050.1
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 272
elevation_ft = 892
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Adel is a city along the North Raccoon River in Dallas County in the
U.S. stateof Iowa. The population was 3,435 at the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Dallas CountyGR|6 and the birthplace of 1939 Heisman Trophywinner Nile Kinnick.
Originally called Penoach, Adel was Incorporated in 1847, and changed it's name sometime in 1849, although no specific information can be located within the city records. The town is situated on the west bank of the North Racoon River, and at the time of its founding, along the only county road, making Adel the oldest town within Dallas County. [ [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/historical/1879dallas/1879dallas_20.htm pgs.435-450 - 1879 History of Dallas County, Iowa ] ]
In 1855 there were about twenty-five houses in Adel, and only three stores. From that time onward, the city began to grow at a faster rate.
Situated along the river, Adel had a good supply of water-power for a flour mill. It was to be situated on a section of property owned by Noeingerl Cantrel & Co. J. H. Strong of Des Moines, and H. H. Moffatt built the mill in 1856-57 at a cost of $20,000. The dam was constructed with about eight feet of head water.
The mill was kept in good repair, able to average from twelve to fifteen bushels per hour, with a capability of thirty per hour.
An item of historical interest occurred on March 6, 1895. Two men entered town in a buggy and attempted to rob the bank. They shot a teller, who, though wounded, managed to close the vault and turn the tumblers, preventing the thieves from taking off with a substantial amount. George Clark, a lawyer, had an office on the second floor. As Clark descended the stairs, a robber fired his gun. However, the weapon misfired, sparing Clark's life, who went on to be elected as lieutenant governor for four years and governor from 1913-1917. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9B0DE4DF133DE433A25754C0A9659C94649ED7CF&oref=slogin Adel Bank Robery] http://cameorosecollection.com/story.html George Clark]
Adel's history was enhanced when the city decided to keep its brick streets. In addition, the Dallas County Courthouse, an edifice dedicated in 1902 at a cost of about $109,000, sits center stage, dominating downtown Adel. [ [http://www.iptv.org/iowajournal/story.cfm/275 Out and About Iowa - Adel » The Iowa Journal » Iowa Public Television ] ] The image to the left gives a good view of the French architecture with the accompanying rounded corners and windows.
“In that era it was a competition almost between the counties to erect an edifice that would be of importance and of character to their becoming of age.” Mark A. Hanson, Dallas County Supervisor
Adel also boasts as the birth place of Nile Kinnick, 1939 Heiseman Trophy winner from the University of Iowa.
Adel is located at coor dms|41|37|0|N|94|1|18|W|city (41.616773, -94.021731)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 0.30% is water.
title = Historical Populations
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United States Census Bureau|title=American FactFinder and [http://data.iowadatacenter.org/datatables/PlacesAll/plpopulation18502000.pdf Iowa Data Center] As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,435 people, 1,369 households, and 898 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,050.1 people per square mile (405.6/km²). There were 1,419 housing units at an average density of 433.8/sq mi (167.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.76% White, 0.15% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.
There were 1,369 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,423, and the median income for a family was $47,065. Males had a median income of $34,234 versus $26,516 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $19,743. About 3.1% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.adeliowa.org City website]
* [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/historical/1879dallas/1879dallas_20.htm City history]
* [http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/iowa/adel City Information]
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