Sunrise over Storm Lake , Iowa

Buena Vista County

History and Genealogy

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Cities and Towns
Albert City -- Alta -- Lakeside -- Linn Grove
Marathon -- Newell -- Rembrandt
Sioux Rapids -- Storm Lake -- Truesdale
Abandoned Towns, Villages And Post Offices


County Information
County Seat: Storm Lake
Year Organized: 1851
Square Miles: 575

Named for the Battle of Buena Vista
in the Mexican War

P.O. Box 220
County Courthouse
Storm Lake, IA 50588-0220
Phone: (712)749-2542


Births Biographies

State Bird and Flower

Businesses Cemeteries
Census Data Churches
Historical Info Lodges
Marriages Military Data
News Articles Newspapers
Obituaries/Deaths Queries
Website Updates:
06 Dec 2013: Historical Info - 1882 County History
Towns - Alta; Newell; Sioux Rapids; Storm Lake
Churches - Church Organizational Histories - Baptist Church Society (Sioux Rapids); Baptist Church Society (Storm Lake); Catholic Church Society (Storm Lake); Congregational Church Society (Newell); Congregational Church Society (Sioux Rapids); Congregational Church Society (Storm Lake); German Methodist Episcopal Church Society (Storm Lake); Lutheran Church Societies (Sioux Rapids); Methodist Episcopal Church Society (Alta); Methodist Episcopal Church Society (Newell); Methodist Episcopal Church Society (Sioux Rapids); Methodist Episcopal Church Society (Storm Lake); Presbyterian Church Society (Storm Lake); Swedish Lutheran Church Society (Alta); Universalist Church Society (Storm Lake)
Schools - Alta Public School; Newell Public School; Sioux Rapids Public School; Storm Lake Schools
Lodges - Alta Lodge No. 388, I. O. O. F.; Campaign Lodge No. 42, I. O. G. T.; Enterprise Lodge No. 332, A. F. & A. M.; Key Lodge No. 102, Iowa Legion of Honor; Jewell Lodge No. 232, I. O. O. F.; Jewel Lodge No. 309, A. F. & A. M.; Order of Free Masons; Pomegranate Lodge No. 408, A. F. & A. M.; Storm Lake Lodge No. 221, A. O. U. W.; Storm Lake Lodge No. 221, I. O. O. F.; Summit Lodqe No. 103, Iowa Legion of Honor
Businesses - The Newell Creamery; The Newell grist mill; Sioux Rapids Business Houses; Sioux Rapidsí Flouring Mill
Newspapers - The Buena Vista County Star; The Newell Mirror; The Newell Times
20 Aug 2013: Military - Civil War - 1883 Pensioners On The Roll
21 Feb 2013: Obit - Daisy Mary Hoskins

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Surrounding Counties
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Pocahontas County (east)
Sac County (south)
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Thanks to Carole Martin for the picture of Storm Lake

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