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MONDAY JULY 23, 2018

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About Jefferson

Welcome to a cycling paradise and so much more!

Naturally, Jefferson is located on the historic “Highway to Bells,” the pedaler’s roadway from Denison to this cozy, west central Iowa oasis. 

We are home to one of the tallest bell towers in the country, the 168-foot high Mahanay Bell Tower, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday. It features 47 immaculate-sounding bells, of which often can be heard belting out familiar tunes throughout the day. But, Jefferson is so much more than a musical delight.



The 89-mile multi-use Raccoon River Valley Trail either ends or beings in Jefferson, however you want to approach it. The trailhead, on the southeast portion of town adjacent to the county fairgrounds, descends through Cooper and connects to Panora before making a turn east, touching towns including Perry, Jamaica, Dawson, Yale, Herndon, Adel, Dallas Center and Grimes. Our downtown square (which we are quite sure you’ll spend a decent amount of time in this summer), recently underwent a makeover, with several businesses now boasting beautiful facade upgrades.

In addition, Jefferson is also a mecca for some of the most influential businesses today as well as leisure activities. The Power Lift factory, which has constructed weight rooms for several Division I colleges and professional organizations as well as some of the most famous athletes in the world, is located right here in Greene County. AAI, a company which manufactures gymnastic equipment for the Olympics and the men’s and women’s national teams, as well as Spalding, are located on the western edge of Jefferson.


Our high school, Greene County, incorporates the towns of Jefferson, Scranton, Grand Junction, Rippey, Dana and Beaver. It’s receiving an upgrade as well, with a unique career academy and new high school planned for construction in 2020. 


Jefferson is a rural Iowa town with big city attractions. We hope you enjoy your stay on Monday, July 23. Pedal on!

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